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Jennifer Volpe

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Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria requests shade structure for patio

COTTONWOOD – Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria is looking to extend the existing railing and adding a new shade structure for the patio.

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Cottonwood studies prospect of Rough Cuts building for City Hall

Cottonwood City Council went into executive session Tuesday night to discuss the prospect of purchasing a new city hall building.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT: Cottonwood’s Arts, Culture, and Entertainment District

An entertainment district must be at least 1/8 mile wide (660 feet) and no more than 1 mile square mile in area. It must have a collection of entertainment/tourism uses, such as restaurants, bars, galleries, and museums. Only one such area is allowed for a city the size of Cottonwood.

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Habitat for Humanity homeowner gets keys

COTTONWOOD – “What this house means to me and Jamie - a second chance. For Jamie and I to have a safe home to live in and come to every night. Where some individuals don’t have that,” expressed Rachel Hernandez during an emotional speech Monday morning.

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What is a Use Tax? Cottonwood Deputy City Manager Rudy Rodriguez explains

Use Tax is a tax on tangible personal property which is purchased or leased for storage or use in the city on which tax was not paid at the time of purchase or rental.

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Matthew Watson: Sense of esprit de corps drives military, law enforcement service

Cottonwood Police Officer Matthew Watson just returned home from his fourth deployment.

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Diesel tanker collision turns fatal

A man died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a diesel tanker truck exiting Interstate 17 in Camp Verde.

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8 things to do this weekend

The 33rd annual Verde Valley Toy Run, sponsored by the Moose Lodge, is set for Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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8 things to do at ‘Walkin’ on Main’

COTTONWOOD – Here’s what you can look forward to at this year’s ‘Walkin’ on Main’ event in Old Town Cottonwood on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Cottonwood enhances domestic violence response

Police department implements assessment to determine risk level

COTTONWOOD – October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Though the month has come and gone, Cottonwood’s risk assessment program is in full force.

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Cottonwood News Update: Verde Valley Toy Run returns Nov. 11

The Verde Valley Toy Run, sponsored by the Moose Lodge, is set for Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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8 must-see stops on the historic home tour

Historian Glenda Farley provides intriguing information

Every historic home and building in the Verde Valley has a story.

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New Business: One Love Pet Spa

One Love Pet Spa, LLC, offers grooming for dogs of all sizes and breeds.

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‘Walkin’ on Main’ returns to Old Town Nov. 11

Event features wine tasting, car show, art exhibits, live music

‘Walkin’ on Main’ returns to Old Town Nov. 11

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10 patients assessed after I-17 wrecks

Second accident near Sedona exit involved '7-8 vehicles'

Two different collisions on I-17 near the SR 179 Sedona exit resulted in numerous injuries and brought traffic to a standstill Monday afternoon.

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Two I-17 accidents two miles apart halt traffic

Extent of injuries unknown

Two different collisions on I-17 near the SR 179 Sedona exit have traffic at a standstill.

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Holiday pumpkins a delicious meal for wildlife

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding area residents to be aware that Halloween pumpkins and other fall decorations can attract wildlife when displayed outdoors.

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2 transported after motorcycle accident

One male and one female were transported after a single-vehicle motorcycle accident on Mingus Avenue near 12th Street in Cottonwood around 1:20 p.m. Friday.

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The Method to the Mingus Avenue Madness

Driving through Mingus Avenue hasn’t been a joy for anyone.

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Tractor-trailer lodged on Mingus Mountain halts traffic for 3 hours

Driver cited for failure to obey traffic control device

A 53-foot Family Dollar tractor-trailer, failing to negotiate a hairpin turn on Mingus Mountain about 13 miles south of Jerome, became disabled and halted traffic for three hours Wednesday morning.

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Long-time Cottonwood dentist retires

Dr. Guth says goodbye to practice he started in 1981

“This is the letter you all have known I would someday write. Here it is, I am retiring from dentistry,” said the goodbye letter from William F. Guth, D.D.S.

Cottonwood update: New apartment complex in planning stage

COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood could see a new 192-unit apartment complex in early 2019.

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NEW BUSINESS: Handmade jewelry store open in Old Town

Lazuli LLC features unique, exotic gifts

COTTONWOOD – Lazuli LLC, owned by Marianne B. Miles, is open for business. Shoppers can look forward to unique handmade jewelry, art, and accessories at the Old Town Cottonwood store.

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Cheers to Verde Valley wine industry

Survey shows dramatic growth of Arizona’s vineyard, winery tourism

VERDE VALLEY – The 2017 Arizona Wine Tourism Industry study is published, and the Verde Valley continues to be recognized as a prominent wine growing region.

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Join cities nationwide for ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’

Citizens throughout the City of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 34th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event Oct. 3.

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Committee reports TVR 2017 biggest yet; split venue experiment a thunderous success

“It came to fruition. We outgrew Old Town,” said Mitch Levy.

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Cottonwood Council discusses Use Tax

Tax would focus on costly items purchased elsewhere

Will the City of Cottonwood implement a Use Tax?

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Yavapai Broadcasting asks city for financial assistance for government access broadcasts

COTTONWOOD –“We have tried really hard to not be up here standing in front of you,” said Yavapai Broadcasting financial manager Jackie Bessler at Tuesday’s City Council worksession.

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Revved for Thunder Valley Rally

Weekend packed with motorcycles, music, food, pinups

Thunder Valley Rally kicks off Friday in Old Town Cottonwood.

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Thunder Valley Rally to roar into Cottonwood

The Sept. 15-16 Thunder Valley Rally will be divided between Old Town Cottonwood and Riverfront Park, with nighttime concerts designated for the latter.

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Cottonwood’s Problem Intersection: SR 89A, SR260 priority for infrastructure bill

Tuesday, Cottonwood City Council gave staff direction, naming the intersection as the No. 1 transportation priority in the Verde Valley.

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Patriot Day events plans throughout Verde Valley area

“Ask any firefighter what the number 343 means to them and the conversation will immediately turn to September 11, 2001,” said Fire Chief Kris Kazian in a news release.

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Cottonwood restores two police officer positions

Two Cottonwood police officer positions were restored during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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Cottonwood City Council Roundup

Timothy Pebler was appointed and Bill Tinnin was reappointed as members to the Airport Commission. The terms of two current Airport Commission Members, Ron Krumm and Bill Tinnin, expired July 1.

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Emergency crews respond to fatal fall from Midgley Bridge

Sedona Fire, along with other emergency personnel, responded to a fatal fall at Midgley Bridge around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Clarkdale, Cottonwood representatives provide takeaways from state conference

Water, infrastructure, budgets, workforce, local government control hot topics

Representatives from Cottonwood and Clarkdale attended the annual League of Arizona Cities and Towns conference last week in Oro Valley.

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Walk on the Wild Side: Javelina, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, deer – your backyard could also be their stomping grounds

The lush-yet-rugged beauty of the Verde Valley landscape is home to all sorts of wildlife.

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Fierce winds turn Clarkdale into Darkdale

48 residents without power after power line damage

Many Clarkdale residents were in the dark Sunday evening when forceful winds damaged powerlines in the area.

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P&Z approves permit, design review for Catholic Church expansion

COTTONWOOD – Monday, the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission approved the conditional use permit and design review requested by the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to allow the construction of a new senior housing complex, a rectory for priests, a new social hall, and new parish offices.

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TVR ready to rock; split-venue ‘working out’

Thunder Valley Rally is less than one month away, and the TVR committee is busy putting the final touches on the annual motorcycle rally.

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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church plans to build senior housing facility

Permit, design review requests go before P&Z Commission Monday

Monday, the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the conditional use permit and design review requested by the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church to allow the construction of a new senior housing complex, a rectory for priests, a new social hall, and new parish offices.

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Cottonwood’s LeMain, Galileo 33 developments approved for rezoning

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, Cottonwood City Council members approved the rezoning of two parcels of land at 920 N. Main St. and 925 Cactus St. for the LeMain development from Light Commercial to Planned Area Development.

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Cottonwood Council waves 5-percent cap on change orders for waterline project

COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, Cottonwood City Council moved to wave the 5-percent cap on administrative approval of change orders during the construction of the Mingus Avenue waterline project.

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5 haunted dwellings of the Verde Valley

From Camp Verde to Sedona, much goes bump in the night

The somewhat sordid history of the Verde Valley isn’t exactly a secret.

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New businesses pop up around Cottonwood

New businesses have opened in Cottonwood recently, and more will be opening their doors in the near future.

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Monsoon-soaked July far from wettest in Verde history

In the months of June and July, Cottonwood received a total of 1.83 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

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Cottonwood City Council roundup

Krys Vogler, from Toys for Tots, presented plaques of appreciation to members of the fire department and parks and recreation department for their participation in the 2016 event.

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Mingus ready for school year

Current student enrollment at 1,265

It’s back-to-school time for Mingus Union High School.

Camp Verde, Clarkdale National Night Out Aug. 1

National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.