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Appeals Court rejects lawsuit over Hotshot firefighter death

PHOENIX -- The mother of one of the firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill blaze has no right to sue the state for her son’s death, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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YC Verde biology study group unites hearts and minds to succeed

On Day one of General Biology (BIO 181) class at Yavapai College’s Verde campus, students took their seats with trepidation. Their collective fear: Would this be the class that dashed their healthcare career dreams?

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*Update* - Flash flood advisory issued for Yavapai County

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a flood advisory for Yavapai County until 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23.

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I-17 lane reduction near Cordes Junction to last through Saturday for bridge repair

CORDES JUNCTION – Southbound i-17 will be reduced to one lane until Saturday at Orme Road, between SR 169 and Sr69, as crews make critically needed repairs at the bridge, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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I-17 lane reduction near Cordes Junction to last through Saturday for emergency bridge repair

CORDES JUNCTION – Southbound i-17 will be reduced to one lane until Saturday at Orme Road, between SR 169 and Sr69, as crews make critically needed repairs at the bridge, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Confirmed: Photographed jaguar new to Arizona

New visitor 130 miles away from breeding population

PHOENIX — Scientists at the Arizona Game and Fish Department completed an independent analyses of trail cam photos of a jaguar in the Huachuca Mountains and confirmed that the animal has not been seen previously in Arizona.

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County to state: Give us back our money

Tom Thurman is not shy about telling legislators he wants what’s due for Yavapai County — like stop charging $362,842 to support the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC), and to restore $550,000 the state took in lottery funds that are due the county.

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Authorities warn of jury duty, APS scams

Suspects impersonate officials from YCSO to con citizens out of money

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood Police Department have taken several calls recently from citizens who are being targeted by phone calls threatening them with prosecution for failure to comply with jury service.

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County supervisors use $1.3 million for merit raises to department heads, others

Yavapai County department heads received merit raises of either 2 or 3 percent, as approved by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

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Boulder collapse sends rock slide down Cathedral Rock (See video)

Cathedral Rock chipped a tooth. As funny as that sounds, a large rock slide on Monday did about that much damage to the famous rock formation in terms of cosmetic and historic significance.

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*Update* - I-17 southbound south of Flagstaff partially reopened

Southbound lanes of I-17 are closed three miles south of I-40 because of a rollover

One southbound lane of I-17 has reopened three miles south of I-40 because of a rollover, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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*Update* - Oak Creek Canyon rockslide causes traffic delays on SR 89A

SR 89A opened around 6 p.m. Monday, said Public Information Officer Caroline Carpenter of Arizona Department of Transportation, after a rockslide near milepost 375 brought traffic to a halt in Oak Creek Canyon.

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Verde Valley News Update: Cottonwood awarded $30,000 grant for DUI and traffic safety enforcement

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Police Department recently received $30,000 in grant-in-aid funding from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for DUI and traffic safety enforcement.

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Gas explosion injures two in Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon

Two people were injured, one flown to a burn center in Maricopa County, after a LP gas explosion at the Butterfly Garden Inn at the Canyon Market on SR89a in Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona Friday morning, according to the Sedona Fire District.

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Smoky skies from wildfire

The smoke in the sky is not from a prescribed burn.

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Yavapai County voters generally mirror state-wide choices, weak turnout

What is described as an historic general election nevertheless drew 20 percent fewer voters in Arizona this year. Barely 55 percent voted in 2016, 74 percent in 2012 and 78 percent in 2008 according to the Arizona Secretary of State.

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McCasland reclaims District 2 seat on college board

Incumbent defeats Walt Nagy by 13 percentage points

Prescott Valley resident Deb McCasland spent her Tuesday evening with other Yavapai County Republicans at the Prescott Resort, watching results of the Presidential race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Ribbon-cutting for Military Service Park on Veterans Day

The Verde Valley Military Service Park will have its Veterans Day ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 1 p.m. at Garrison Park in Cottonwood.

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Yavapai College invites community to Verde Valley Campus

Members of the public are invited to attend “Explore YC: Verde Valley Campus” on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clarkdale campus (601 Black Hills Dr.).

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Yavapai County Supervisors approve 10% raise for certified sheriff’s officers

County supervisors expressed their difficulty in deciding whether to approve a request for a 10-percent increase, one pay range, for certified positions in the Sheriff’s Office at the Wednesday, Nov. 2, Yavapai County board meeting.

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August single family home sales spike from one year ago

Home sales data through August of 2016 released by Yavapai County Assessor Pamela J. Pearsall indicates that single family residential median home prices saw a spike in a year-over-year comparison. The median sale price of a single family home for August 2016 was $268,500 compared to $236,900 from August 2015, resulting in a 13.3-percent increase for that month.

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Verde Valley reacts to Filardo resignation from college board

At least one member of the Yavapai College District Governing Board – District 2 Rep. Deb McCasland -- tried to persuade Al Filardo against resigning his post Tuesday as District 3 Representative.

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Hearings set for suspects in Camp Verde homicide

Jones, Buckley to appear before judge at Yavapai Superior Court

The two suspects arrested in connection to the deadly Oct. 10 Circle K parking lot shooting in Camp Verde have case management conferences scheduled at Yavapai Superior Court.

Visible smoke from prescribed burn

Prescott National Forest is conducting a Prescribed Burn fire in Chino Valley near the Woodchute Wilderness area

Where’s fall?

Mild weather continues into November

Meteorologist Dave Vonderheid with the National Weather Service said that mild temperatures will continue to hover over the Verde Valley.