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Michael Gordon resigns from Clarkdale-Jerome School Board

CLARKDALE – Due to the resignation of Michael Gordon, the office of Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is looking to fill an opening on the Clarkdale-Jerome School Board.

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Pioneer Picnic moves back to Montezuma Well picnic area

RIMROCK – It’s been more than 90 years since the Verde Valley’s first Pioneer Picnic, 1927 to be exact.

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Paul Chevalier seeks District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board

I am the best qualified candidate to help us get educational services in the Valley commensurate with the high property taxes we pay to the college. We must have equity. And we must find a way to lower taxes.

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Connie Harris seeks District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board

With active participation the past 20 months, my experience base is solid. I am highly qualified to continue to be a member of this college’s Governing Board.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Karen Crownoble

First grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – For Karen Crownoble’s fifth birthday, her parents bought her a whiteboard/chalkboard easel.

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Honwytewa, Smith, Guzman ahead in Yavapai-Apache’s Tribal Council election

Election Board to certify election within three days of Sept. 15 election

With 163 votes, Amanda Honwytewa is the leading vote-getter in the Sept. 15 Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Tribal Council Elections, according to unofficial results posted on the Nation’s website, www.yavapai-apache.org.

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Mingus Union asks Cottonwood-Oak Creek to reconsider consolidation vote

Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board voted 4-to-0 to send the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board a letter asking C-OC board members to reconsider their December 2017 vote to request the school district consolidation questions be sent to voters.

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League of Women Voters’ Verde chapter invites Charlie German, Jackie Baker to Camp Verde mayoral candidates forum Sept. 27

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley chapter will sponsor a Camp Verde mayoral run-off forum for voters and community members alike to meet candidates Charlie German and Jackie Baker.

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58th Colonel’s Daughter competition scheduled for Sept. 30

Since 1960, the Colonel’s Daughter Competition has been part of the fabric that is Camp Verde, a beauty contest of sorts.

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Public hearing set on full merger of fire districts

Two years ago, the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts entered into a Joint Powers Agreement to form the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority to share services and to reduce administrative redundancies.

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Flushing Rates: Increase in sewer prices small for some, large for others as Camp Verde eliminates residential rate cap

Camp Verde’s wastewater customers pay fees based on the number of discharge units in their home.

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75 spaces available for Fort Verde Days’ car show

Car show raises money to help fight blindness

Fort Verde Days wouldn’t be the same without the annual Camp Verde Lions Club Car Show.

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Tip-a-Cop to help support Arizona Special Olympics

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office believes in special tips for Arizona’s Special Olympians.

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Camp Verde council to recognize recently-elected officials

Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council will unofficially say hello to Joe Butner and Bill LeBeau as new members of the council.

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Camp Verde Quilters sponsor biennial Quilt Show and Fabric Craft Boutique as part of Fort Verde Days

CAMP VERDE – If it didn’t take two years to plan their biennial Fort Verde Days Quilt Show, the Camp Verde Quilter’s Group just might do it more often.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Jess Kennen

Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher, Clarkdale-Jerome School, Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – Though Jess Kennen teaches science, he really teaches students.

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Mingus may ask Cottonwood-Oak Creek to reconsider consolidation vote

COTTONWOOD – Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board could vote to ask Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s school board to reconsider its December 2017 vote to support a public vote on the consolidation of the two districts.

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Old Guys create monument for Camp Verde library’s donor bricks

The Camp Verde Community Library is in the brick-selling business.

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Camp Verde Quilters sponsor biennial Quilt Show and Fabric Craft Boutique as part of Fort Verde Days

If it didn’t take two years to plan their biennial Fort Verde Days Quilt Show, the Camp Verde Quilter’s Group just might do it more often.

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Beaver Creek cross country, volleyball teams undefeated

District giving out more free breakfasts, lunches this year, superintendent says

Good things are happening at Beaver Creek School District, said Superintendent Karin Ward.

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Camp Verde announces National Night Out Oct. 2

This year, Camp Verde’s National Night Out celebration will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 on Main Street between 1st Street & Head, as well as parking lot between Town Hall and the Historical Society museum.

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Charlie German, Jackie Baker to run off in November general election

Butner, LeBeau, Whatley top vote getters in Camp Verde council primary

Joe Butner, Bill LeBeau and Robin Whatley are in as members of the Camp Verde Town Council, according to the Yavapai County Elections Office’s official final results which updated as of as of 12:22 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.

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Martin names 2 finalists to become next CV marshal

Friday meet and greet at Thanks a Latte

It’s down to two, as Russ Martin has narrowed his list of 15 candidates to become the next marshal of Camp Verde.

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Consolidation compromise moves forward in Superior Court

PRESCOTT– Judge David Mackey’s ruling for a compromise in the Mingus Union lawsuit against consolidation with Cottonwood-Oak Creek included a case management conference this week at the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott.

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World-renowned pianist to play England Center

Mesa resident Sam Rotman to perform in Camp Verde Sept. 16

He plays classical music, and he has devoted his life to both study and performance of Beethoven.

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Camp Verde educator seeks animal bones, artifacts to teach science

When Alexa Stephens looks for learning tools for her eighth-grade science class, she’s not fooling.

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Camp Verde mayoral, council candidates meet voting threshold

Each of Camp Verde’s five council candidates met the minimum threshold of votes, according to Camp Verde Deputy Clerk Virginia Jones.

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Unofficial results show Charlie German ahead of Jackie Baker by nearly 6 percent in Camp Verde mayoral race

Butner, LeBeau, Whatley lead in race for three council seats

Results are still unofficial, but Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German is almost 6 percent ahead of Jackie Baker in the Town’s municipal primary election.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Brenda Lewis

Fourth grade teacher Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District

With 29 years in the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, Brenda Lewis is in her first year at the newly realigned Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent says he is ‘pleased’ with first month of school realignment

One month into the new school year, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Steve King is “extremely pleased” with the realignment of Dr. Daniel Bright and Cottonwood Community schools.

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Old Guys help ‘stretch the budget’ as they plant vegetation at CV Sports Complex

The Old Guys found a way to beat the heat – and another way to benefit the Town of Camp Verde.

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Teacher arrested for alleged sex with teen boy to formally resign

C-OC board expected to accept resignation Tuesday

Tuesday, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s governing board is expected to formally accept the resignation of a 22-year-old middle school teacher arrested earlier this month for an alleged sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.

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VACTE to recognize career and technology students of the month

At its Sept. 4 meeting, the Valley Academy of Career and Technology Education governing board will present Student of the Month awards to students from Camp Verde, Mingus and Sedona-Red Rock high schools, as well as from the Valley Academy central campus program.

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Camp Verde’s NRL Mortgage a ‘one-man show’

Housing industry a ‘vital part of our economy,’ John Smoley says

Born and raised in a Southern California community called Glendora, John Smoley first entered the real estate field in 1977.

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UPDATE: Unofficial results show Charlie German ahead of Jackie Baker by 4 percent in Camp Verde mayoral race

Butner, LeBeau, Whatley lead in race for three council seats

CAMP VERDE – As of 3:11 a.m. Wednesday, Charlie German is about 4 percent ahead of Jackie Baker in his quest to remain as mayor of Camp Verde.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Gabe Leon

Maintenance, Beaver Creek School District, Rimrock

RIMROCK – It’s been 23 years since Gabe Leon began his career in maintenance at Beaver Creek School District.

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Judge Mackey accepts change to consolidation ruling as Mingus Union votes 5-to-0 to retain right to oppose merger

COTTONWOOD – Yavapai County Presiding Superior Court Judge David Mackey’s ruling for a compromise in the Mingus Union lawsuit was “a win, all the way across, for the community,” said Mingus Union board member Steve Gesell.

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Martin plans preliminary interviews to narrow field of marshal candidates

Town Manager tentatively plans Sept. 7 meet and greet with finalists

CAMP VERDE – Of the six preliminary interviews he has planned for this week, Russ Martin says that two are with Verde Valley residents.

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First-draft legislation would allow consolidated school district to inherit VACTE service

Tim Carter: Draft amendment ‘brief and to the point'

COTTONWOOD – If voters one day decide that the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts should consolidate, the new school district would still be a member of Verde Valley’s joint technical education district.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Melissa Howe

Fifth grade teacher -- Camp Verde Elementary School

CAMP VERDE – For the past 25 years, Melissa Howe has taught fifth graders at Camp Verde Elementary School.

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The A-B-C’s of AzMERIT scoring: Cottonwood, Clarkdale schools teach for success

Is a few days’ worth of testing an accurate reflection of a school’s culture, and by extension, how it educates students?

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State Senate, House attorneys file joint motion to dismiss Mingus lawsuit

Pro-consolidation committee also hires legal team to challenge Mingus

Last week, attorneys for the state’s Senate and House of Representatives filed a joint motion to dismiss, as well as a response in objection to application for orders to show cause regarding Mingus Union High School District’s request for mandamus relief.

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Camp Verde Water System says no to town’s $6.5 million offer

CAMP VERDE – The Town of Camp Verde does not appear to be buying the Camp Verde Water System after all.

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Camp Verde considers 15 applicants for town marshal

Town Manager narrows list for preliminary interviews

Martin said that he has received applications from 15 candidates and is in the process of narrowing down the list with a plan to conduct preliminary interviews “over the next couple of weeks.”

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Mingus OK’s additional duties, pay for superintendent

COTTONWOOD – On Aug. 9, the Mingus Union School Board approved additional pay and additional duties for District Superintendent Penny Hargrove, Business Manager Lynn Leonard and Principal Genie Gee as listed in the board’s consent agenda.

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Mingus board approves contract for school resource officer

Mingus SRO paid by grant from Department of Education

COTTONWOOD – With Mingus Union School Board member and Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell abstaining, the board voted 4-to-0 to approve a one-year Intergovernmental Agreement for the Cottonwood Police Department to provide Clint Combs as School Resource Officer.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Dave Beery

Social Studies teacher, boys basketball coach Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD – If Dave Beery was to change careers, he’d probably endeavor to become a chef.

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“I’m pleading guilty” -- Seth Collins enters plea, accepts guilt on all charges

After two hours in court Monday, Seth Collins would not accept a plea agreement. But he did accept responsibility for the Nov. 21, 2014, collision of his GMC pickup into a 2007 Chevrolet mini-van driven by Jeremy Hutchinson on SR 260.

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Blended learning ‘a success’ at Beaver Creek

RIMROCK – It’s been a week since school started back, but the Beaver Creek School’s new Blended Leaning program is already “a success,” according to the district’s superintendent.

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One month after filing lawsuit, Mingus school board votes to approve such action

COTTONWOOD – It’s been four weeks since the Mingus Union High School District served defendants with a lawsuit to keep voters from deciding whether Mingus should merge with the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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