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Halie Chavez

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Camp Verde kick-boxing coach trains young talent

CAMP VERDE – Richard Williams was a kid watching a Bruce Lee when he decided: “I’m going to be a kickboxer.”

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Q&A with secretary of state candidate Katie Hobbs

Katie Hobbs is an Arizona State Legislator running for Secretary of State. Hobbs has worked as a social worker for over 25 years as both an advocate and chief compliance officer.

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Jerome Town Council fills design review board

Two of the five design review board applicants, Michael Harvey and John McDonald, attended the special meeting of the Jerome Town Council Wednesday.

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Old Town Mission, Mission Thrift Store begin plans to move to single location

The realtor signs outside of the Old Town Mission are not a signal the services are closing, according to General Manager Jill Sweet.

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Local winemakers spearhead Verde Valley American Viticulture Area

The Southwest Wine Center has come a long way since Paula Woolsey taught wine education in the ceramics room over a decade ago, with just a single acre of grapes growing outside.

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Yavapai Superior Court handling case of former Cottonwood employee indicted on forgery charge

PRESCOTT – The case of a former Cottonwood employee who allegedly forged drinking water bacteria results will be handled in Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Camp Verde now world’s newest dark sky community

The stars over Camp Verde are highly visible at night – not that a dark sky designation was needed for residents to know that.

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Q&A with Democratic gubernatorial candidate, State Senator Steve Farley

“There’s nothing better than a non-stop road trip through Arizona,”

Earlier this month, Sen. Steve Farley stopped in Camp Verde to discuss his platform with the Verde Independent during his campaign in Arizona against incumbent Governor Doug Ducey. Farley has served as a democratic state senator for Arizona since 2013. He is currently the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Jerome moves forward with Planning and Zoning Commission

Next priority is town’s Design Review Board

JEROME -- Members of the community stepped up to avoid dissolution of the Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission last week.

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Son accused of killing father in Fossil Creek to decide on plea deal

A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father in 2015 at Fossil Creek faces life in prison should he elect to go to trial.

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Man involved in Taco Bell robbery faces 32 years; sentencing July 2

The man who pleaded guilty to five charges in the January 2018 robbery of a Cottonwood Taco Bell will be sentenced July 2, according to Yavapai County Superior Court records.

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5 things you need to know about Tuesday’s Clarkdale Town Council meeting

Town Manager Gayle Mabery informed the Council she will be retiring July 1, 2019. The Council will take possible action to change the employment agreement between the Town and Mabery to coincide with her retirement date. All other provisions of Mabery’s contract remain.

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Trial date tentatively confirmed in former bar owner’s assault case

CAMP VERDE – Former Old Town Association President Michael Anderson appeared in Yavapai County Superior Court for a pretrial conference Monday, preceding the trial set later this month on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Woman involved in Taco Bell robbery faces 52 years in prison

CAMP VERDE -- The woman allegedly involved in an attempted robbery at the Cottonwood Taco Bell in January faces a maximum sentence of 52 years in prison should she choose to go to trial and is found guilty on all counts.

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Sexual exploitation case drags on in court

CAMP VERDE – More than two years later, a sexual exploitation case remains on the docket at Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Jerome Council delays vote on dissolution of Design Review, Planning and Zoning

JEROME – The Jerome Town Council is giving the community another opportunity to step up and serve.

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Nature Conservancy steps up to prevent future development on 595 acres in Camp Verde

The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Park Central Farm to protect 595 acres of land near the Verde River in Camp Verde.

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Verde Valley Home Show returns to Cottonwood this weekend

The third annual Verde Valley Home Show will have over 70 businesses participating this weekend.

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Gone Green Superfoods in Sedona celebrates 10 years of organic chocolate bars

William Hamburg was born in Belize, so it was the first place he sought a source of raw cacao.

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Clarkdale to consider general obligation bond to fund street improvements

The Clarkdale Town Council will discuss the Citizens Bond Committee’s recommendations at the regular council meeting Tuesday at 3 p.m.

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Man arrested for burglary after arriving to update sex offender registration

A man was arrested for burglary at the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in Camp Verde after arriving to update his sex offender registration.

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Cottonwood police seek suspect in $100,000 Old Town Association fraud

COTTONWOOD – The Cottonwood Police Department is requesting public assistance in locating a fraud suspect believed responsible for embezzling an estimated $100,000 from the Old Town Association.

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10 YEARS LATER: Village of Oak Creek infant homicide case continues with new judge

Ten years later, the death of a 3-month-old boy in the Village of Oak Creek remains unresolved in the Yavapai County Superior Court system.

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Jerome tackles drone problem

Town moves forward with adopting 'no drone zone' signs

The regulation of drones by towns, cities or counties is prohibited by ARS 13-3729. However, drone operators looking to fly over Jerome do require authorization from the Cottonwood Airport.

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Clarkdale votes to co-locate magistrate court

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Town Council voted Tuesday to co-locate the Clarkdale Magistrate Court and the Verde Valley Justice Court.

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Clarkdale Council Member Scott Buckley wins Sedona’s Great Chili Cook-Off

This year the winner of the community contestant Judge’s Choice Award was Clarkdale Council Member Scott Buckley, who has now stolen the crown from Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, last year’s winner.

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Verde Valley Wine Festival returns to Clarkdale

Four Eight Wineworks presents the return of the Verde Valley Wine Festival on Saturday, May 12th.

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Mingus junior Trevor Fuller wins Congressional Art Competition

Mingus Union High School junior Trevor Fuller came in first in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition hosted by Fourth District Rep. Paul Gosar. Fuller was announced as the winner in Wickenburg on April 29. He will receive a $6000 scholarship to Northern Arizona University.

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2018 Verde Valley Wine Festival by the numbers

Things to look forward to at the Verde Valley Wine festival by the numbers.

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Lew Currier will not run for Jerome Town Council this year

JEROME – Lew Currier, current councilmember and former mayor of Jerome, announced he will not seek reelection this year.

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Second man in VOC child molestation case sentenced to 32 years in prison

CAMP VERDE – A man was sentenced Tuesday morning after pleading guilty to felony charges in a molestation case occurring from 2010 to 2014 in both Cornville and the Village of Oak Creek.

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Clarkdale budget changes: by the numbers

The Town of Clarkdale will be holding the first open session of the 2018-2019 budget process on April 23 at 9 a.m.

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Jerome General Plan past, present & future

Jerome has operated under a general plan established in 1981. Arizona law requires that a municipality’s general plan be updated every 10 years – putting Jerome 27 years behind schedule.

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Cottonwood man arrested while on supervised release

COTTONWOOD – Sunday night, the Cottonwood Police Department arrested a man in the Suzy Q Parking Lot for aggravated DUI, prohibited possessor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Fire restrictions go into effect this weekend

COTTONWOOD – Strong winds, low humidity and drought: fires in the southwest desert now have the potential to spread swiftly, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

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Camp Verde, Yavapai-Apache Nation to co-host Earth Day event

The Town of Camp Verde and the Yavapai-Apache Nation are co-hosting a community Earth Day event April 21.

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Clarkdale Council April Roundup

During a visit to Patagonia Lake, Mayor Doug Von Gausig noticed the picnic tables were being replaced. After noticing the old tables seemed to be in good condition, Von Gausig inquired as to what was being done with them. Patagonia Park decided the Town of Clarkdale could have the benches.

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Cottonwood teachers, faculty walk in support of Red for Ed

Cottonwood Elementary School faculty donned red shirts and held signs as they stood on the sidewalk Wednesday morning in participation of the Red for Ed walk-in. The movement is now a state-wide demand in support of Arizona schools.

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Adam-12 Code Five: Police dispatch is your lifeline to emergency help

COTTONWOOD – It was around 8 in the morning when the Cottonwood Communications Center received a call from a local woman.

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John McTurk new executive director at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

John McTurk, previously fund development and communications director at Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity, has stepped into a new position as executive director at Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Verde Valley.

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Arizona Secretary of State to promote Yavapai College viticulture program at State Capitol

Wednesday, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan will purchase a case of wine made by the Yavapai College viticulture program in Clarkdale and bring it back to the Arizona Capitol Museum Store for sale.

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The 5 most expensive homes for sale in Sedona

Information for this article was sourced through Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. This information is current as of March 6, 2018. Photos courtesy Jacque Weems, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s

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Julie Kuehn: 2018 president of the Sedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors

Julie Kuehn has been a licensed real estate agent since 2006. She worked at Coldwell Banker Roby Agency in Watertown, South Dakota, until she moved to Arizona (for the better weather) in 2010. Kuehn joined Coldwell Banker First Affiliate in 2014, then became part of Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert in Sedona.

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Lost ring returned after found in Jerome gallery

In January, Jean Caliendo and her husband, Jim, were road tripping to the Verde Valley from Michigan when she lost her sole memento of her father – his gold wedding band. The ring was inscribed with “1/11/41,” her father, Sam Bruza’s, anniversary.

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Newly-adopted dog saves kindergartner in Wet Beaver Creek

On Sunday, 6-year-old Fallon Lennox and his family were picnicking at Wet Beaver Creek.

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A closer look: Clarkdale’s Phoenix Cement Plant (with photo gallery)

CLARKDALE – The Salt River Materials Group Phoenix Cement Plant has been on the Verde Valley horizon for almost 60 years.

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Clarkdale Magistrate Court to consolidate with Verde Valley Justice Court

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Town Council directed Town Manager Gayle Mabery to move forward with co-locating the Clarkdale Magistrate Court with the Verde Valley Justice Court at the March 27 regular meeting.

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Man arrested in Jerome drug bust

A Jerome man is facing multiple drug-related charges following a search warrant and arrest by Partners Against Narcotics Traffickers and the Jerome Police Department.

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Man sentenced to eight years in Village of Oak Creek child exploitation case

CAMP VERDE – One of two men involved in a child exploitation case was sentenced to eight years in the department of corrections this week.

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Man sentenced to 30 years for Rimrock burglary turned murder

Judge Michael R. Bluff found the emotional harm to the victim’s family to be an aggravating factor in the second-degree murder sentence.

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