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How pie is divided not as important as ‘size of the pie’

Verde Valley’s education leaders weigh in on Auditor General’s classroom spending report

If someone takes away your Thanksgiving dinner plate but later gives you back the roll and butter, you’re still going hungry.

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Cottonwood weighs consolidation of city court system

Judges debate cost savings, feasibility

While court consolidation has been under discussion for several years, it has never been actively pursued. The city has been approached once again with this possibility amidst municipal budget planning.

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Questions, concerns arise over proposed Big Chino hydroelectric plant

Initial reservoir fill would require billions of gallons

Numerous questions and concerns were raised at a Citizens Water Advocacy Group meeting March 10, one of which was from Garin Reay, who said he lives no more than 20 miles from the proposed Big Chino Pumped Storage Project.

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Camp Verde School Board to welcome new member Tuesday

With a day – and an hour – before the March 6 deadline, Cora-lei Marquez of Camp Verde faxed Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter her letter of intent to be considered for the opening on the Camp Verde school board.

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Fun facts about the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival is Camp Verde’s first signature event of the year.

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Mingus Union sports medicine students attend Midwestern University’s Health Sciences Career Day

On Feb. 28, a group of 40 Sports Medicine students from Mingus Union High School, supervised by MUHS Sports Medicine teacher Mike Boysen, drove to Glendale to attend Midwestern University’s Health Science Career Day.

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Cottonwood Community Band plan spring concerts

Sy Brandon has graciously accepted the position as Director of the Cottonwood Community Band in January of this year.

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Police Chief Steve Gesell meets FBI Director Chris Wray

Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell shook Federal Bureau of Information Director Christopher Wray’s hand last week in Phoenix, after a meeting between the director and approximately 30 police chiefs from around the state.

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Birding & Nature Festival flies into Verde Valley this April

The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival celebrates 18 years of Birding in the Verde Valley, April 26-29, at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

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Yavapai County Health Center earns state Quality Improvement Award

Yavapai County Community Health Services, has won the 2017 Quality Improvement Award from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Firearms 101: Families with firearms can take steps to keep their kids safe

An average of 19 children are killed or injured by a gun every day.

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Bradshaw Mountain eighth grader wins county spelling bee, second grader comes in second

After more than 10 rounds and more than 100 words, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School eighth grader Makayla Boyd won the 72nd annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee.

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YCSO seeks to identify skeletal remains found in remote area

On March 8, 2015, skeletal remains were located in a remote part of Yavapai County near Juniper Woods Ranch between Ash Fork and Drake.

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Cities, towns face jail costs, property taxes may increase, if county voters don’t extend jail sales tax

It would mean a dramatic loss of millions of dollars if voters do not approve extending the 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax that helps pay to operate the existing Yavapai County jail in the Verde Valley.

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One woman dies after 13-vehicle collision on I-17

‘Weather played significant role’

A 58-year-old Flagstaff woman died after a 13-vehicle collision on Interstate 17 near Stoneman Lake Monday afternoon.

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Sheriff’s ‘Reach Out’ program gets $224,290 boost thanks to efforts by county attorney

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher has secured vital funding support from Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk for REACH OUT to help the program launch as soon as possible.

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Annual statistical review shows 403 investigations, 220 arrests by PANT

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking is a multi-agency task force charged with drug enforcement in Yavapai County and seeks the arrest and prosecution of suspects who violate drug laws.

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Sheriff’s office expanding post-arrest diversion program

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is seeking $1.5 million from the state to expand a post-arrest reentry program that is already underway at the county’s jail in Camp Verde.

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Yavapai County decriminalizing mental illness

Sheriff: ‘This is the right thing to do for Yavapai County and our communities’

Wherever he went, Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher kept hearing the same question again and again from concerned citizens: what does one do if an individual with an apparent mental-health issue is being disorderly, trespassing or doing something else that could be considered illegal?

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Wages in Arizona not keeping pace with nation

Yavapai County in bottom third of state

Increases in wages for Arizona workers are not keeping pace with the rest of the country.

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Sheriff’s Office sting nets two who sought underage girls for sex

One suspect had offered a puppy as payment

Jan. 27 through 28, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office again conducted an operation in conjunction with several Prescott-area law enforcement agencies to combat human trafficking/prostitution in Yavapai County.

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Criminal Justice Commission announces new leadership

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk elected as new chairperson

On Jan. 26, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) announced that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk was elected as the Commission’s new Chairperson and Safford Police Chief Joe Brugman was elected as Vice-Chairperson at the Commission’s January meeting.

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High-speed pursuit involving stolen Cottonwood car ends in Munds Park

Flagstaff SWAT team arrests suspect barricaded in shed

A high-speed Intersate-17 chase involving a stolen Cottonwood car ended in Munds Park Tuesday afternoon after the suspect barricaded himself inside a storage shed.

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Loss of revenue from federal programs costs county $5.3M

Supervisors begin working on next year’s budget

The loss of two federal program revenues comes as no surprise to Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, but a combined $5.3 million is a hit to the $227.9 county million budget.

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Road closure notification for 7th St., Mingus Ave. Jan. 22

Motorists traveling on 7th Street between Aspen Street and Mingus Avenue can expect a road closure of 7th Street at the intersection of Mingus Avenue.