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Bill Helm

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Camp Verde considers banning political signs in commercial tourism zones

Arizona Revised Statute 16-1019 says it’s a class 2 misdemeanor to remove, cover or alter in any way a political campaign sign. But the statute says nothing about prohibiting such signs.

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Camp Verde considers Cocoa with the PoPo at schools

A few years ago when Oscar Berrelez retired from the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, he took up professional residence at the Yavapai College Police Department.

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180-day school calendar up for review by Mingus School Board

Tuesday, the Mingus Union School Board could approve the high school’s 2019-2020 calendar.

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Parks and Rec explains vision for Camp Verde’s special events coverage

One-day Cornfest, hiring of recreation leader part of department’s plan

One of the town’s signature events, Cornfest will be back in 2019, Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Division Manager Mike Marshall has said time and time again since he first proposed that his department take on the responsibility of manning the town’s big events.

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South Verde High School considers supplemental online instruction

Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board decided against using Arizona Online Instruction as a supplement to its South Verde High School programming

Education, Rules, COW committees pass SB 1073

Wednesday, the State’s Committee of the Whole passed SB 1073, just 24 hours after the Senate Rules Committee passed the bill with Proper for Consideration status.

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South Verde to retain five-day week as school board approves new school calendar

CAMP VERDE – South Verde High School was not supposed to be the same as Camp Verde High School.

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When Opportunity Knocks: New Camp Verde zoning classification creates perfect opportunity for Verde Valley realtor

CAMP VERDE – A conversation last year with Camp Verde’s director of economic development inspired a local realtor to capitalize on the town’s Opportunity Zone status.

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Camp Verde OKs rodeo arena lease agreement, rejects $488K request

CAMP VERDE – On March 6, the Camp Verde Town Council unanimously voted to enter a 25-year agreement to lease 35.81 acres to the Camp Verde Arena Association for its plans of a rodeo facility.

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College hosts emerging winemakers symposium

CLARKDALE – Through March 31, Yavapai College will accept applicants to participate in the school’s first Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium.

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Parks and Rec to ask Camp Verde council for recreation leader for signature events

CAMP VERDE – When the curtain lowers on this year’s Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, Camp Verde Promotions will no longer be promoting Camp Verde’s signature events.

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‘Don’t wait to buy real estate; buy real estate and wait’

John Smoley offers first-time home buyer’s class at Camp Verde Library

John Smoley, of NRL Mortgage, will present a no-cost first-time buyer class at the Camp Verde Community Library from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16 and again and on April 22 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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ADOT to resume SR 260 roadwork in mid-April

In November, Arizona Department of Transportation announced that it would complete its $62 million SR 260 road widening and improvement project in spring 2019 because of a colder, wetter October that had not been anticipated.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Elizabeth Thurner

Not only is this the school’s first year offering K-8 instruction, but Thurner recently was nominated for the county’s Teacher of the Year award in the first-year category.

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A-B-C’s of the annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

Camp Verdeans have plenty to celebrate each year, with various community events such as the Buffalo Soldiers, History of the Soldier, Parade of Lights and Candlelight Tours, to name a few.

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Fun, fitness and outdoor sports with Camp Verde Parks & Rec

Camp Verde Parks & Recreation will continue its Friday programming with “Fun, Fitness and Outdoor Sports.

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Yavapai College reveals plans to remodel Verde campus CTE building

Yavapai College is in the business of creating opportunities for its students so they can live better lives.

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Forest fees won’t fund consolidation election

Setting policies for funding elections for member districts, the Forest Fee Management Association Board effectively said that if voters are to decide in November whether the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts should consolidate, that taxpayers would pay for the privilege.

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Verde Ditch may be without water until mid-April

Rain, snow cause damage to diversion dam, primary ditch

CAMP VERDE – Al Dupuy said Wednesday that damages sustained to the Verde Ditch’s diversion dam and primary ditch could cost more than $40,000.

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Melissa Decker wins annual Future Chefs Challenge

Creating specialties such as albondigas, Spanish rice and chicken tacos, the ninth annual Future Chefs Challenge was an opportunity for six Cottonwood-Oak Creek students to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

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Mingus discontinues personal email use by board members

COTTONWOOD – It used to be that Mingus Union School Board members could only be reached by phone or personal email.

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‘Extreme flows’ force cancelation of this year’s Verde River Runoff

CAMP VERDE – Friends of the Verde River has announced on its website that it has cancelled this year’s Verde River Runoff “due to extreme flows on the Verde River since the beginning of 2019.”

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Camp Verde council considers $488K investment in rodeo arena

CAMP VERDE – Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council could agree to enter a 25-year agreement to lease 35.81 acres to the Camp Verde Arena Association for its plans of a rodeo facility.

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‘Student-centered approach’ nets Elizabeth Thurner county teacher of the year nomination

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood-Oak Creek nominated nine of its district’s educators for the county’s annual Teacher of the Year awards.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Erica Allred

CLARKDALE – Respect is a valued commodity in Erica Allred’s classroom.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek District nominates nine educators for county’s teacher of the year award

COTTONWOOD – One teacher represents her school’s parent-teacher organization and facilitates the school’s Teachers as Readers program.

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Camp Verde teacher makes ends meet

Working second job keeps Camp Verde educator from chance to be Teacher of the Year

CAMP VERDE – It was while studying Spanish in high school that Katy Potter decided that she wanted to become a teacher.

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Chain of command, rules of order on Mingus board retreat agenda

COTTONWOOD – Monday’s annual retreat for the Mingus Union School Board will provide an overview of the school district, establish procedures for communication and provide board members an opportunity to gather input, according to Genie Gee, Mingus Union’s principal and acting superintendent.

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Yavapai Apache Nation reschedules Exodus for March 23

CAMP VERDE – Because of the most recent rain and snow storms in the Verde Valley, the Yavapai-Apache Nation has rescheduled its annual Exodus Day commemoration event for Saturday, March 23.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek to consider SPED services agreement with Beaver Creek

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for a study session to discuss school year 2019-2020 plans for the Cottonwood Educational Services campus, the campus that used to be known as Cottonwood Elementary School.

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Yavapai to remodel Verde campus CTE building, add new programs

CLARKDALE – Shortly after commencements in early May, Yavapai College will begin what is expected to be a one-year project to remodel the career and technical education building on the Verde campus.

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Q&A with James Perey, Verde campus executive dean

Building L was originally touted as the Northern Arizona Regional Skill Center and intended to draw from a multiple county service area to provide CTE and work-based programs.

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Clarkdale-Jerome nominates Jen Shilling for county’s teacher of the year award

CLARKDALE – Students do not care how much the teacher knows, until they know how much the teacher cares.

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Mingus Union has ‘confidence’ in this year’s AzMERIT testing plan

COTTONWOOD – A year ago, Mingus Union leadership decided that a one-week scheduling block for AzMERIT testing would “reduce testing fatigue,” Genie Gee said last August.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Steve Darby

COTTONWOOD – As Camp Verde High School’s principal a few years ago, Bob Weir worked with retired firefighter and paramedic Steve Darby.

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Senate Committee OK’s school district consolidation bill

VERDE VALLEY – On a 5-to-3 vote that Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter called “a quick, rather uneventful process,” the State Senate’s Committee on Education passed SB 1073 Thursday.

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Mingus nominates English teacher Klint McKean as county’s teacher of the year

COTTONWOOD – Two out of the past three years, a Mingus Union educator has been named Yavapai County Teacher of the Year.

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Four Valley Academy fire science students qualify for April state competition

HOLBROOK – At the Feb. 1 SkillsUSA Region 4 competition in Holbrook, four Valley Academy fire science students advanced to the next round of SkillsUSA competition with their physical agility and skills performance.

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State Senate Committee reviews SB 1073

VERDE VALLEY – In what she called an “extra education meeting,” Sen. Sylvia Allen will ask the State Senate’s Committee on Education to vote Thursday on SB 1073, which would leave the canvasing of votes as interpreted in Arizona Revised Statute 15-459 so each will be counted separately.

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Verde Valley Rotary builds future leaders

COTTONWOOD – Several of the Verde Valley’s young people spent Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in Prescott learning about leadership and team building.

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Valley Academy competes in SkillsUSA regionals

Seven construction students qualify for state competition April 12-13

HOLBROOK – Seven Valley Academy construction students qualified for SkillsUSA state competition as the Verde’s career and technical education program finished with one first place, two seconds, a sixth and a seventh place in the Feb. 1 SkillsUSA Region 4 competition at Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook.

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Yavapai-Apache Nation commemorates Exodus with spirit run, blessings, cultural performances

CAMP VERDE – At about 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, a two-day 188-mile run from San Carlos will conclude as members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation will walk from Veterans Memorial Park below Cliff Castle Casino Hotel to the Yavapai-Apache Cultural Center on Middle Verde Road.

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Q&A with Verde Valley Teacher of the Week Eva Ancira

CAMP VERDE – Eva Ancira has been with Montessori Children’s House in Camp Verde since its inception in 1998. According to the school’s director, Ancira’s love of children and passion for teaching have “not diluted throughout the years.”

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Should Bible studies be part of public school curriculum?

Issue being studied for Camp Verde schools; request also sent to Mingus Union

CAMP VERDE – In January, Cottonwood residents Barry Jones and Tony Isola asked the Camp Verde School Board to “teach the Bible for credit.”

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Site Steward program seeks volunteers

Archaeology Center regional coordinator for Sedona/Verde Valley sites

CAMP VERDE – After a lifetime in Southern California, Tom Burris moved to the Verde Valley in 2013.

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Westcott begins superintendent internship at Mingus

COTTONWOOD – In 2016, Mike Westcott was named Yavapai County Teacher of the Year. Now working with Mingus Union under an administrative consulting contract, Westcott is working on his superintendent’s certificate through Brandman University, an online program.

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Mingus attorney goes ‘beyond the basics’ of Open Meeting Law

COTTONWOOD – New to the Mingus Union School Board, Chip Currie admitted to the district’s attorney that he’d like to “define my role as a board member – and define my role as a citizen.”

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An ironclad understanding of water rights

VERDE VALLEY – Ask anyone in the know about water rights and water use agreements and they will admit they don’t know it all.

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Camp Verde Economic Development Director Steve Ayers talks water rights, allocation, adjudication

VERDE VALLEY – Whether or not the Camp Verde’s town government acquires the Camp Verde Water System, Economic Development Director Steve Ayers “think[s] it’s in everybody’s best interests to get an understanding of the process, history and what proof exists of historic water rights, with the understanding that the inventory of surface water rights is limited.”

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Water rights: anxieties, legalities, difficulties … and shortages?

VERDE VALLEY – As Natural Resource Advisor to the Camp Verde Town Council, Tony Gioia has been tasked with organizing the town’s water portfolio.