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Q&A with Verde Valley's educator of the week: Chad Elmer

Agriculture teacher, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood

Genie Gee says that Mingus Union High School has a “role model, quiet leader, a strong presence” in AG teacher Chad Elmer.

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5 things you should know about new Cottonwood business: Innovative Stone Center

Innovative Stone Center works in granite, quartz, marble and tile. But granite is Mark Ross’s specialty. Ross, who owns Innovative Stone with his wife Nancy, has been working in the industry since 1987 when he was a freshman in college.

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Full merger at Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority?

VERDE VALLEY – Eric Strauss remembers what it was like before the Camp Verde and Montezuma-Rimrock fire districts signed a Joint Powers Agreement two years ago to serve as one entity, the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority.

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Financial report shows $78K ending fund balance for Mingus Union

COTTONWOOD – In a 9:30 a.m. special meeting Monday, the Mingus Union School Board could approve the district’s annual financial report summary for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Beaver Creek shows $278K ending fund balance, financial report shows

RIMROCK – At 6 p.m. Monday, the Beaver Creek School Board could approve the district’s annual financial report for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Camp Verde school board renews five of seven varsity wrestling coaches

CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde Unified School District’s governing board voted Tuesday to renew five of the high school’s seven varsity wrestling coaches for the 2018-2019 wrestling season.

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Camp Verde Cavalry founder leads Fort Verde Days parade

Howard Parrish, 90 since late-April, is the sole surviving founder of the Cavalry. Not many nonagenarians ride horses in their town’s annual parade. But Parrish isn’t your average man.

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We got a ... what? Mingus Union says ‘D’ grade reflects ‘major technology failure’ during AzMERIT testing

Thanks to a countywide broadband initiative, technology problems shouldn’t stand in the way of Mingus Union High School students who take standardized testing.

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Camp Verde’s Danny Howe ‘elated,’ but not satisfied with middle school grade increase

Report cards issued for Verde Valley schools

A year ago, Camp Verde Middle School earned a D in the Arizona State Board of Education’s annual A-to-F Accountability System.

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Judge Mackey approves consolidation petition form, checklist for November 2019 election

COTTONWOOD – Thanks to Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey’s stipulated judgment, consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts could go to vote next year.

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Former Big Park School receives Verde Valley’s only ‘A’ in state’s achievement profile

9 of 20 Verde valley schools receive C

VERDE VALLEY – Because of declining enrollment, the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board voted in May to close Big Park Community School at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek to appeal grades for all of its schools

Clarkdale-Jerome to appeal B grade

No. Times four. That’s what Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King said Wednesday about how the Arizona State Board of Education evaluated his district’s schools.

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Kick up your heels: Fort Verde Days celebrates 61 years of fun

Check out what else is going on at the 61st annual Fort Verde Days, Oct. 12-14, with events on Friday and Saturday in downtown Camp Verde and on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Verde State Historic Park.

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Five things you need to know about Camp Verde School Board meeting Oct. 9

Strategic plan. Two simple words. One word, plan, defined as an orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal.

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Saving Miss Moon: 3-month-old Quarter Horse to lose part of right front leg; will be fit with prosthetic (with videos)

If it weren’t for Longfellow’s love, and the guidance of Dr. Jim Bleak, Miss Moon’s bad limb would spell the end of her life.

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5 things you should know about Camp Verde’s Salt Mine Wine

In 2013, the Norton family began planting Italian varietal grapes on their Camp Verde farm located on Salt Mine Road. Five of the varietals are primary, Kevin Norton said, though there are eight varietals in all at the 5.5-acre farm.

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Cottonwood man ‘walking for heroes’

Three months shy of 80, Al Slusser to visit first responders on foot

When Al Slusser wakes up the morning of Oct. 8, he’ll drive to Prescott and to Yarnell, then he’ll walk through the communities as a way of saying thanks to the first responders.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek could vote again on consolidation support

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board considered whether it should make official its continued support of taking consolidation to the community’s voters.

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COMING SUNDAY: Saving Miss Moon

See Sunday's Camp Verde Bugle and Verde Independent newspapers to read about Miss Moon, a 3-month-old Quarterhorse who on Friday will have part of her right front leg amputated.

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WAS JUSTICE SERVED? Sabrina Champ says judge let Seth Collins off easy in SR 260 accident

A week ago, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Paupore decided that Seth Collins will spend about nine more years in prison.

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Steele Pistol, Presley Reddell win Little Britches and Petticoat contest

Four-year-olds Steele Pistol (contestant 5) and Presley Reddell (contestant 1) were selected by popular vote as the inaugural Little Britches and Petticoat contest winners Sunday between the horsemanship and poise/personality portions of Sunday’s Colonel’s Daughter competition, held at Fort Verde State Historic Park.

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Early childhood educator, United Christian School, Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – If Brandi Phillips wasn’t in the classroom teaching her kiddos, she says would “want to work with teachers to help implement developmentally appropriate practices so each child could learn at their developmental level.”

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Consolidation, new school name on Cottonwood-Oak Creek agenda

Earlier this month, Mingus Union High School District’s governing board agreed to ask Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s governing board in a letter to reconsider its December 2017 vote to support a public vote on the consolidation of the two districts.

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Mingus school board accepts consolidation petition checklist

Tuesday, the Mingus Union School Board voted 4-to-0 to accept the Mingus Union/Cottonwood-Oak Creek Consolidation petition checklist as to substance and form as authored by Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter.

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Election: Baker, German questioned on Cornfest, taxes, rodeo during Camp Verde mayoral forum

Thursday, the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley Chapter helped make that decision a little easier for the community’s voters - both active and otherwise.

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Judge calls Yavapai-Apache Nation home

Jane Russell-Winiecki says Joel England ‘one of the best judges we’ve had’

After a 21-year military career that began in 1996, England retired and settled back in Arizona, in the Buckeye area, and began to consider his professional options moving forward.

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More to do, more to see at Beaver Creek Adult Center

Anyone ages 18 and older welcome to join

There’s lots going on at the Beaver Creek Adult Center, says Diane Daniel, one of the program’s seven board members.

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Nine more years for Seth Collins

Judge gives concurrent sentences to man who caused SR 260 crash

Seth Collins will spend close to nine more years in jail, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Paupore said Wednesday.

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Eighth grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Camp Verde

Include the years Kelly Maize has taught photography and painting, she’s been in the classroom for nine years.

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Getting to know new Camp Verde Marshal Corey Rowley

A week ago, Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin announced that he had chosen Yakutat, Alaska Police Chief Corey Rowley to become the Town’s next marshal.

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Spirit of cooperation: Verde Valley Farmers’ Market promotes local growers

Market founders, longtime manager to be recognized at 9 a.m. Sept. 29

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Verde Valley Farmers’ Market will celebrate 15 years as the community’s go-to place for most all things fresh produce.

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Mingus school board could accept attorneys’ consolidation petition language

It’s been about a month since Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey instructed attorneys to find agreement on petition language that could be used to ultimately take consolidation to Verde Valley’s voters.

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Yavapai-Apache Nation to celebrate Native American week

Submarine sandwiches, tacos, chili dogs and enchiladas. And a vendor selling fry bread.

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Corey Rowley agrees to become next Camp Verde town marshal

Yakutat, Alaska police chief expected to start on Oct. 15

CAMP VERDE – Corey Rowley stated in his cover letter that Camp Verde would gain a “great advocate and active leader” should he be selected the Town’s next chief of police.

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Yavapai supervisors consider law to ban texting while driving

Jonathan Hall traveled about 100 miles Wednesday from his home in Peoria to tell the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors that he supports a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to text while driving.

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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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,

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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.