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Bill Helm

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Jason Finger seeks position on Mingus Union board

Yavapai County Supervisors expected to cancel 7 of 10 school district elections

VERDE VALLEY – Jason Finger promised himself more than a year ago that he would leave the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board when his term ends on Dec. 31.

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Called Magic Wok, owner of JT Bistro to offer affordable, casual Asian dining

‘Fresh tastes better, the flavors are wonderful’

CAMP VERDE – When John Teah opened J.T. Bistro two years ago, his plan was to open five restaurants in seven years.

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Author, retired pastor John Jenkins to sign copies of his latest book on Aug. 18

CAMP VERDE – During the second World War, John Jenkins was the man of the farm.

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Sylvia Allen says VACTE concerns will be resolved before consolidation takes place

State attorneys will defend Mingus’ constitutional challenge to SB1254

COTTONWOOD – Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen admitted in an email to the Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle that how the Verde Valley’s career and technical education center would be affected by a merger of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and the Mingus Union school districts “was never even thought of.”

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Mingus Union seeks 3-year partnership with NAH for athletic trainer

COTTONWOOD – What had been a one-year agreement with Northern Arizona Healthcare could become three years, as the Mingus Union’s school board on Thursday could approve the Intergovernmental Agreement to provide an athletic trainer, according to a draft of the district board’s Aug. 9 agenda.

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Almost 20 years in education, Alvena Meyer is now in her second year at Camp Verde’s United Christian School.

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Duane Burris named Fort Verde Days parade grand marshal

On about three acres, this structure would allow Bread of Life Mission to serve both lunch and dinner five days each week, as well as give out care packages full of essential foods for folks to eat.

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Fort Verde Days K Runs promote health, fitness

CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde has had its share of running events, such as the Jacob Teague Run, Bea Richmond Run and Relay for Life.

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School boards add, change, clarify draft consolidation pamphlet

COTTONWOOD – For Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s school board, it took less than 30 minutes to discuss, consider and recommend changes to the consolidation information pamphlet assembled Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter and his staff.

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New names, new places, new faces at Cottonwood-Oak Creek

New principals at three schools, one school with a new name, and all of the district’s four schools all offer K-8 programming

COTTONWOOD – Wednesday morning, a local businessman and his assistant put the finishing touches on the new marquee sign at the school formerly known as Cottonwood Middle School.

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Candidate says marshal living in Camp Verde is ‘the law’

“You had a choice. You chose to come here,” said Rob Witt of the Camp Verde Republicans as the second of two public forums for Camp Verde’s town council candidates began Tuesday.

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Yavapai College prepares for Gear Up student orientation

Gear Up isn’t just about college access. It’s about college success.

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Verde Valley school boards to take position on possible consolidation

Late Wednesday afternoon, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter emailed a draft copy of a consolidation information pamphlet to the four school districts that would be affected by the consolidation of the Mingus Union and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts.

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‘Sit back and take it all in’ -- Sedona Pink Jeep tours a spectacle for tourists, tour guides

In the hands and the steering wheel of Cody Goodrich, each Sedona Pink Jeep Tour is an “opportunity to share the beauty, the history and the natural resources.”

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Down the middle: 23 pro, 23 con statements on consolidation

COTTONWOOD – When he first solicited information for a consolidation information pamphlet, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter said that he would accept pro and con statements from any resident in the Cottonwood, Clarkdale or Jerome communities.

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Passport to success for Macy Ahlers: 22-year-old embarks on journey as English teacher at Mingus Union

COTTONWOOD – Macy Ahlers isn’t too much older than the students she now teaches.

Superintendent Carter outlines consolidation governance structure

COTTONWOOD – Each of consolidation’s four affected school districts, Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union, Clarkdale-Jerome and Valley Academy, has a five-member governing board with members who serve four terms.

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Clarkdale-Jerome prepares for Thursday’s first day of classes

CLARKDALE – Back-to-school each year at Clarkdale-Jerome School is fairly simple, says District Superintendent Danny Brown.

Valley Academy board could take position on possible consolidation

COTTONWOOD – At 4 p.m. Thursday, the district governing board of Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education is expected to declare a position on the possible consolidation between Mingus Union and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts.

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Camp Verde council could approve water company purchase

CAMP VERDE – At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could vote to approve the Town’s purchase of the Camp Verde Water Company.

Meet the teacher at Camp Verde schools

CAMP VERDE – As Camp Verde Unified School District prepares for the first day of school – scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6 – the district’s parents and students will have a chance to meet their teachers the evening of Aug. 2.

Beaver Creek prepares for first day of school

RIMROCK – Beaver Creek’s finest have been back on campus since July 30, preparing for the district’s first day of school, which is Monday, Aug. 6.

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As principal at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus, Eric Evans says he could place Laurie Sudol “anywhere in K-6 and she would shine.”

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Camp Verde council candidates forum moved to England Center

CAMP VERDE – The Camp Verde Town Council candidates forum has officially been moved to the Phillip England Center for the Performing Arts, Rob Witt of the Camp Verde Republicans said in an email Monday afternoon to Verde Valley Newspapers.

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German, Whatley opt out of Republican-hosted council candidates forum

CAMP VERDE – As of Friday, the Camp Verde Republicans are short three council candidates and one venue in the group’s endeavor to host a forum of prospective Camp Verde Town Council members.

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Empowerment through education: Through Camp Verde’s Summer Reading Program, 9-year-old raises $225 to help girls go to school

CAMP VERDE – Kiena Jimenez learned a little something about empowerment this summer.

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Camp Verde council candidates talk good, bad, ugly

For Mayor Charlie German, it was about partnerships throughout the Verde Valley.

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Artist in residence program comes to Verde Valley

Poet, Hopi weaver visit Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot national parks

VERDE VALLEY – Earlier this year at Petrified Forest National Park, the man they call “Monk” wrote poetry about people, mostly about the rangers and other park staff.

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School Board approves new dress code at Cottonwood Community School

COTTONWOOD – Not only will the school’s name be different, but the children at Cottonwood Community School will dress differently this year.

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UPDATE: Coconino County deputies looking for missing man on Sedona trail

SEDONA – The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 60-year-old man last seen hiking in Sedona at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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‘We want to make it happen,’ Wesbrock says of Mingus hope closet

COTTONWOOD – Monday, Mingus Union High School has unveiled its Hope Closet, a “designated space on campus where students can get backpacks, school supplies, clothing, toiletries, and non-perishable food,” according to Gretchen Wesbrock, the school’s student support services director.

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Operation: Backpack to School

Old Town Mission, Verde Community Church to give backpacks to area’s K-12 students

COTTONWOOD – Helping others is so important to Teresa Jaycox, she travels all the way from Rimrock each week to volunteer at the Old Town Mission in Cottonwood.

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Yavapai College takes the LEAD

Free program helps students transition from high school

VERDE VALLEY – No shortage of books for most college students. But how many of those books teach you how to get the most out of your college experience?

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New hearing date on lawsuit to block consolidation vote

Judge to hear arguments Aug. 23-24; case moved to Prescott

COTTONWOOD – Mingus Union’s lawsuit to stop voters from deciding whether its district should merge with another district has been moved to Aug. 23-24, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter told The Verde Independent Tuesday.

Pay raises for Camp Verde, Beaver Creek teachers

Camp Verde teachers get 7.52% raise in new budget

CAMP VERDE – On July 10, the Camp Verde Unified School Districts governing board voted 4-to-0 to approve its fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.

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What’s in a name? Should consolidation occur, one of first tasks for school board will be to give new district a name

Coming up with the right name for a new school district would likely be “a challenging decision for any new board,” said Mingus Union High School District Superintendent Penny Hargrove.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek 2019 budget gives teachers 12% pay raise

COTTONWOOD – On July 10, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Districts governing board voted 5-to-0 to approve its fiscal year 2018-2019 budget.

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Mingus offers meals through national program

COTTONWOOD – It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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Alex Goetting becomes write-in option for Camp Verde mayor

On July 17, Alex Goetting officially declared himself an option for Camp Verde’s mayorship.

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Camp Verde students can get free backpacks for school

Camp Verde students go back to school on Monday, Aug. 6. But two days prior, backpacks filled with supplies will be available at Camp Verde Community Church.

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Mingus sues to stop consolidation election

Petitions ‘designed to confuse and mislead’

COTTONWOOD – If it’s not the whole truth, it isn’t the truth at all.

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Mingus Union offers school psychologist 5-percent raise, flexible schedule, but no longer Special Education director

COTTONWOOD – It’s reasonable to give the school psychologist a 5-percent raise and allow him to work four 10-hour days each week when the district’s other teachers are required to work five days.

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In education, resourcefulness isn’t limited to the classroom.

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Cornucopia offers free training for agricultural, handling practices

On Aug. 13, Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Cornucopia Community Advocates’ Food Recovery Program will host a free Good Handling Practices (GHP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training at the Camp Verde Community Library.

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Let’s go to camp: Camp Verde’s summer day camp offers fun in active, educational and experiential environment

Have fun and make friends. : That’s what the Town of Camp Verde’s Parks and Recreation wants for children who come to summer camp.

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Mingus hires superintendent’s husband in ‘substitute position’

Thursday, the Mingus Union High School District voted 5-to-0 to hire the superintendent’s husband to do what amounts to menial office work.

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Mingus sues to stop November consolidation election

Late Thursday afternoon, Mingus Union High School District filed a lawsuit to keep voters from deciding whether its school district should merge with Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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Consolidation questions, yes; consolidation answers, no

County school superintendent tells Valley Academy ‘we’re on unchartered ground’

COTTONWOOD – If voters approve a consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts, other districts will be affected, Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter said Tuesday.

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Another Fine Detail for All in the Polish

For second year in a row, 2 CV residents prepare to clean old Air Force One

A year ago, Camp Verde residents Rob Fafrowicz and Rob Zubek were commissioned to help maintain and preserve the original presidential jet Air Force One, now at home at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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League of Women Voters’ invites town council candidates to non-partisan forum

Empowering voters – and defending democracy. That’s the motto of the Greater Verde Valley’s branch of the League of Women Voters.