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March Clarkdale Council Roundup

Clarkdale Town Council Roundup

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Keeping dark skies dark

Camp Verde, Cottonwood look to achieve dark-sky designation

Sebra Choe, economic development specialist in Camp Verde, hopes to formalize the town’s commitment to a visible night sky by achieving the dark-sky community designation from the International Dark-sky Association.

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Woman with COPD walks 2K another year

Physical therapy makes difference for Timmie Bell

In June 2016, Timmie Bell was hospitalized for an infection in her lungs. Her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, started as a small cough left that left Bell struggling to breathe.

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Jerome council weighs costs, merits of staggered terms question on ballot

JEROME -- A measure to initiate staggered terms may not end up on Jerome’s ballot after all this year, now that the Jerome Town Council was notified of the cost.

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General plan sparks lively debate in Jerome

JEROME -- While no action was scheduled in regard to the revised Jerome General Plan, that did not stop the room from having the usual lengthy discussion on the plan Tuesday.

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Help wanted: citizens needed to serve on Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission

JEROME -- As of Tuesday night’s meeting, Jerome no longer has a planning and zoning commission due to a lack of members, leaving the board unable to reach a quorum. Two members of the board’s terms expired and neither were present at the meeting.

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Two years later, sexual exploitation case approaches trial

CAMP VERDE – A sexual exploitation case that disturbed Verde Santa Fe residents two years ago is being prepped for trial by the State and Phoenix attorney Bruce Blumberg.

Booze and beef thief pleads guilty to attempted robbery

CAMP VERDE – A man who stole over $400 of meat and alcohol from Walmart accepted a plea deal on Monday.

Man chooses prison over probation

CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff found 23-year-old Adakai Anderson’s honesty to be a mitigating factor in his DUI case on Monday.

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Lack of precipitation in the Verde Valley: how will fire season be affected?

A fire season can be defined in two ways: the first is by the occurrence of fires, most of which occur from mid-April to mid-July. The second definition refers to when most fire crews are hired – April to October.

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Bill Regner to represent Clarkdale, Verde Valley at Flinn-Brown Fellowship

Clarkdale Council Member Bill Regner was announced as one of the 2018 fellows in the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Flinn-Brown Fellowship.

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20 Years and Counting: Town Manager Gayle Mabery enters third decade of service in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Town Council was all in agreement when it came to Town Manager Gayle Mabery’s performance, calling her “outstanding.”

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Police Chief Steve Gesell meets FBI Director Chris Wray

Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell shook Federal Bureau of Information Director Christopher Wray’s hand last week in Phoenix, after a meeting between the director and approximately 30 police chiefs from around the state.

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Taco Bell assault, robbery cases move forward in Yavapai Superior Court

Tia Lorrell Stevens and Zion Eliaz Plotnikoff appeared in court for their first case management conferences Monday.

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425-unit RV park coming to Camp Verde

A new, 425-unit RV park could be ready for move-in as early as the end of this year in Camp Verde.

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A closer look at Clarkdale park remediation process

CLARKDALE – Town Manager Gayle Mabery gave the Town Council a break-down of the ongoing park remediation at the regular council meeting on Tuesday.

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Man chooses trial over 3-year plea deal

Ernest James Garcia, representing himself in Yavapai County Superior Court on Monday, elected to go to trial on four charges of failure to appear rather than take the plea deal offered by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

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Man ruled mentally competent in Fossil Creek murder case

Francis Klettke has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial for the October 2016 murder of his father, Dale Klettke.

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Woman receives one-year unsupervised probation in child abuse case

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff deliberated a choice as he often does on Mondays: send 50-year-old Mongco Thich, convicted of child abuse after a jury trial, to prison or grant her probation.

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Clarkdale town parks to undergo soil remediation

CLARKDALE – Four of Clarkdale’s parks will require soil remediation, according to soil sampling conducted over the past several months, including the Clarkdale Town Park on Main Street.

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Plea bargain in works for Yavapai County sex trafficking cases

CAMP VERDE – A pre-trial hearing date has been set in the consolidated cases of two Yavapai County men charged with sex trafficking.

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Jerome nuisance abatement an uphill climb

Residents of Jerome might ask: what is the technical definition of a public nuisance?

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Jerome police hope to begin parking permit system by May

Police Chief Allen Muma said it is the department’s goal to operate a parking permit system by May 1, according to a report submitted to the Jerome Town Council.

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What’s going on at the Clarkdale Classic Station?

Residents of Clarkdale may have noticed the gas pumps and storage tanks have been removed at the Clarkdale Classic Station.

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Ryan Bigelow leaps from Parks and Recreation to Cottonwood Library

The first word Ryan Bigelow used to describe his transition from parks and recreation to the library was “unique.”

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Man pleads guilty to stabbing roommate, sentenced to four years

A man who inflicted a “life-threatening” neck injury to his roommate was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday.

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He did it; she did it: Two suspects charged in Taco Bell robbery plead not guilty

CAMP VERDE -- The suspects charged in an attempted Cottonwood Taco Bell robbery last month are all pointing fingers at each other, according to probable cause documents submitted to Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Cottonwood studies flood risks in Old Town

Long-time residents may remember when Old Town Cottonwood flooded in 1964, filling houses, businesses and the old hospital with water and mud.

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Clarkdale gets silver, according to Verde Valley Sustainability Alliance

The Town of Clarkdale has a certified silver rating, according to the Verde Valley Sustainability Alliance.

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An inside look at Cottonwood’s new Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation Facility (photo gallery)

COTTONWOOD – The Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility is operational – more than six years after former Cottonwood City Council members authorized its construction.

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500 take to the streets for Women’s March in Sedona

‘Power to the Polls’

Hundreds people arrived for the mile-long Women’s March at 10 a.m. despite cold rain showers. Sedona Police counted 500 marchers between Rodeo Road and Coffee Pot Drive, according to Sergeant Stephanie Foley.

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Bible museum opens in Jerome

JEROME – When you first walk downstairs into the Newstate Shops on Main Street, Janie Layers’ animal sculptures are readily seen.

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What you need to know about Clarkdale and Jerome's election season

Candidate packets are currently available at the Clerk’s Office.

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Man sentenced in attempted luring of a minor

The oldest case on Judge Michael R. Bluff’s calendar was resolved on Jan. 8.

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Women's March comes to Sedona

Sedona, Northern Arizona take to the streets for 2nd Women’s March

January 20, 2017: More than 1,500 people marched in Sedona. Approximately 2,000 marched in Flagstaff and 1,200 in Prescott.

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Q&A: Ben Kramer reflects on first months on Clarkdale council

Ben Kramer was appointed to Clarkdale Town Council in September 2017.

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Man in molestation case sentenced to six months jail, five years probation; father receives $500 fine

“My actions were wrong. I understand there were two victims and I’m sorry,” Swank said. “I want to right my wrongs and fix anything I possibly can. I was young and wasn’t thinking about how my actions would affect those two girls … I really cannot believe I did those things.”

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The Jerome Book: La Victoria Studio curates a directory of residents

JEROME – If you don’t live in Jerome, you’ve likely never heard of The Jerome Book.

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Cottonwood’s Red Rock Pediatrics acquired by Phoenix Children’s Hospital

COTTONWOOD – Red Rock Pediatrics has announced a new partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Man pleads guilty to charges in Cornville/VOC molestation case

Gary “Jay” Leslie Zimmerman Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of attempt to lure a minor for sex, one count of child molestation, one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

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Cottonwood holds first reading of proposed use tax ordinance

COTTONWOOD – There was minimal attendance for the Cottonwood City Council’s first reading of the Use Tax ordinance Tuesday.

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7 places to go for New Years’ Eve countdown

Looking for somewhere to celebrate at midnight without having to travel? Local bars have got you covered for the 31st.

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It’s all local, from harvesting materials to quality craftsmanship, at Jerome Lumber Company

In 1895, the Jerome Lumber Company referred to the saw mill located eight miles out of town. Now, the Jerome Lumber Company is what Mike Caruso calls his handmade furniture business.

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Man involved in Village of Oak Creek child porn case pleads guilty

CAMP VERDE – Richard Byard Sumner Jr., 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of exploitation of a minor related to the creation, possession and transportation of child pornography from May 2014 to March 2016.

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Tim McClellan tackles television show, new projects

‘Boomtown Builders’ begins filming in Yavapai County in February

JEROME -- When Tim McClellan looked down at his phone and saw that an entertainment company was calling him, he was suddenly more nervous than he expected to be.

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Man involved in Clarkdale burglary sentenced to 90 days

CAMP VERDE – Tyler Ray Sessler, one of three teens accused in a Clarkdale burglary, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of probation by Judge Michael R. Bluff Monday.

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4 things you need to know about Jerome’s new residential parking permits

Violations of the permit system can result in a $25 citation.

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Jerome fire responders honored by Town Council

JEROME – Waves of responders arrived on the scene of a fire that occurred on Verde Street in Jerome Nov. 29. The first, town crew employees who happened to be nearby.

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Manzanita Outreach delivers 'Oasis in a Food Desert'

Verde Village is a food desert, according to Mike Newcomb, the executive director of Manzanita Outreach.