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Clarkdale Town Council Roundup

By Halie Chavez March 24, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 22, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018

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

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018

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.

By Halie Chavez March 17, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 13, 2018
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Clarkdale Council Member Bill Regner was announced as one of the 2018 fellows in the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership Flinn-Brown Fellowship.

By Halie Chavez March 12, 2018
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CLARKDALE – The Clarkdale Town Council was all in agreement when it came to Town Manager Gayle Mabery’s performance, calling her “outstanding.”

By Halie Chavez March 10, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez March 10, 2018
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Tia Lorrell Stevens and Zion Eliaz Plotnikoff appeared in court for their first case management conferences Monday.

By Halie Chavez March 6, 2018
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A new, 425-unit RV park could be ready for move-in as early as the end of this year in Camp Verde.

By Halie Chavez March 3, 2018
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CLARKDALE – Town Manager Gayle Mabery gave the Town Council a break-down of the ongoing park remediation at the regular council meeting on Tuesday.

By Halie Chavez March 1, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez February 27, 2018
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Francis Klettke has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial for the October 2016 murder of his father, Dale Klettke.

By Halie Chavez February 27, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez February 24, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez February 24, 2018
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CAMP VERDE – A pre-trial hearing date has been set in the consolidated cases of two Yavapai County men charged with sex trafficking.

By Halie Chavez February 24, 2018
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Residents of Jerome might ask: what is the technical definition of a public nuisance?

By Halie Chavez February 20, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez February 15, 2018
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Residents of Clarkdale may have noticed the gas pumps and storage tanks have been removed at the Clarkdale Classic Station.

By Halie Chavez February 13, 2018
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The first word Ryan Bigelow used to describe his transition from parks and recreation to the library was “unique.”

By Halie Chavez February 10, 2018
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A man who inflicted a “life-threatening” neck injury to his roommate was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday.

By Halie Chavez February 10, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez February 8, 2018
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Long-time residents may remember when Old Town Cottonwood flooded in 1964, filling houses, businesses and the old hospital with water and mud.

By Halie Chavez February 6, 2018
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The Town of Clarkdale has a certified silver rating, according to the Verde Valley Sustainability Alliance.

By Halie Chavez January 27, 2018
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COTTONWOOD – The Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility is operational – more than six years after former Cottonwood City Council members authorized its construction.

By Halie Chavez January 25, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez January 23, 2018
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JEROME – When you first walk downstairs into the Newstate Shops on Main Street, Janie Layers’ animal sculptures are readily seen.

By Halie Chavez January 23, 2018
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Candidate packets are currently available at the Clerk’s Office.

By Halie Chavez January 20, 2018
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The oldest case on Judge Michael R. Bluff’s calendar was resolved on Jan. 8.

By Halie Chavez January 20, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez January 18, 2018
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Ben Kramer was appointed to Clarkdale Town Council in September 2017.

By Halie Chavez January 11, 2018
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“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.”

By Halie Chavez January 11, 2018
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JEROME – If you don’t live in Jerome, you’ve likely never heard of The Jerome Book.

By Halie Chavez January 6, 2018
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COTTONWOOD – Red Rock Pediatrics has announced a new partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

By Halie Chavez January 6, 2018
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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.

By Halie Chavez January 4, 2018
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COTTONWOOD – There was minimal attendance for the Cottonwood City Council’s first reading of the Use Tax ordinance Tuesday.

By Halie Chavez January 4, 2018
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Looking for somewhere to celebrate at midnight without having to travel? Local bars have got you covered for the 31st.

By Halie Chavez December 30, 2017
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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.

By Halie Chavez December 28, 2017
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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.

By Halie Chavez December 28, 2017
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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.

By Halie Chavez December 21, 2017
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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.

By Halie Chavez December 19, 2017
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Violations of the permit system can result in a $25 citation.

By Halie Chavez December 16, 2017
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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.

By Halie Chavez December 16, 2017
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Verde Village is a food desert, according to Mike Newcomb, the executive director of Manzanita Outreach.

By Halie Chavez December 16, 2017