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Kelcie Grega

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Clarkdale to review sustainable guidelines for housing

CLARKDALE -- In response to interest from developers to build multifamily units in Clarkdale, town staff drafted guidelines to encourage sustainable development.

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What people are saying about Verde Connect project

In an effort to alleviate traffic concerns and higher travel demands, Yavapai County is considering a project that would add a new north-south route to connect Cornville Road to State Route 260.

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Cottonwood gives first approval for Starbucks

COTTONWOOD -- A plan for a new Starbucks on State Route 89A and 260 moved forward in Cottonwood City Council Tuesday following the first reading of Ordinance 651.

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Cold Case Solved: Cottonwood man in 2013 arson of city property indicted

Police say no other motive than 'disdain for the government'

A 26-year-old Cottonwood man who was involved in several 2013 arsons of city property was indicted by a Grand Jury last month, according to Cottonwood Police.

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Local agencies address trafficking rumors

Rumors of young girls being followed by potential human traffickers have been circulating social media sites in the last few weeks.

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Commentary: Flaws in #MeToo don’t negate its importance

The #MeToo movement – a watershed cultural reckoning against sexual abuse – is about to reach its one-year anniversary.

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Verde Valley Women who Lead: Ruth Ellen Elinski

Thinking and acting locally

For Elinski, when it comes to working in small, rural communities, patience is a virtue.

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Pastor in molestation case enters not-guilty plea on 9 new charges

Yavapai County judges may be recused from trial

CAMP VERDE -- A former Prescott pastor entered a not-guilty plea on nine new felony charges Monday.

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Camp Verde man wrestles with black bear near Patagonia

PATAGONIA -- A 30-year-old Camp Verde man was hospitalized for injuries Sunday after he was attacked by a black bear south of Patagonia.

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Texting while driving may be in Yavapai County’s hands

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet next Wednesday at 9 a.m. to a host a public hearing on the possibility of adopting an ordinance to regulate texting while driving. The meeting will be at 10 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood.

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Verde Valley Women who Lead: Sebra Choe

Building communities from the ground up

Since taking on her role in the town’s Economic Development department, Choe said she often deals with constant doubt from people who aren’t ready to accept change. However, she also feels emboldened in her role in a workspace that supports “99 percent” of her ideas.

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Thomas Chantry faces new charges of molestation, abuse

Former pastor held on $1 million bond

A former Prescott pastor who stood trial less than a month ago on multiple charges of child molestation and abuse faces nine new charges as of Tuesday.

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Community debates pros, cons of Jerome parking kiosks

JEROME – The question of paid parking in Jerome is still up in the air as of Tuesday’s town council meeting.

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Man involved in vehicle-pedestrian crash facing homicide, DUI charges

A 20-year-old Camp Verde man is facing second-degree homicide and DUI charges following a vehicle-pedestrian collision on State Route 260 in July.

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Man tells officers he can't remember his birthday during wellness check

Officers found heroin on man after he resisted arrest

A Cottonwood man gave officers a fake name and told them he couldn't remember his birthday during a wellness check on Friday, Sept. 7, according to Cottonwood Police.

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Cottonwood P&Z approves new Starbucks amid traffic concerns

P&Z voted 4-2 recommending Cottonwood City Council approve the project. Commission Member Tom Narwid and Vice Chairman Judd Wasden were the nay-sayers in the vote.

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Thunder Valley Rally revving up into Cottonwood Wednesday

COTTONWOOD -- Bikers -- both locals and out-of-towners -- are rolling into Old Town and River Front Park Wednesday for the annual Thunder Valley Rally.

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Locals plan to protest circus at Verde Valley Fairgrounds

Jordan World Circus will be making a stop in Cottonwood Monday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds for a show that “will thrill fans of all ages,” according to their ticket page.

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Ben Kramer to step down from council, vies for Clarkdale town manager position

Ben Kramer announced that he will not take the oath of office for Clarkdale Town Council Thursday as he vies for the town manager position instead.

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Every vote counts: Alex Barber wins Jerome primary by 1 vote

Jerome Town Council incumbent Alex Barber is the top vote-getter in the Jerome primary for town council with 122 votes, just one vote ahead of incumbent Hunter Bachrach.

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Cottonwood sales tax leaps over final hurdle

COTTONWOOD – A proposed half-percent sales tax increase cleared the final hurdle in another 4-3 vote during a regular Cottonwood City Council meeting Tuesday.

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Allen, Hulse, Mathews top vote-getters in Cottonwood City Council primary

Although “official” results are still pending, Kyla Allen, Doug Hulse and Michael Mathews are the top vote-getters in the Cottonwood City Council Primary, according to the Yavapai County Election Summary Report.

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Community pulls together for family of woman killed in crash

Money raised will pay for toddler’s medical expenses

Now, friends, businesses and members of the community are rallying to raise money for medical and burial expenses as Faith Kalis’ family recovers from their loss.

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National Night Out returns to Cottonwood in October

Tasing demonstrations continue – but not on volunteers

COTTONWOOD -- National Night Out is coming back to Cottonwood neighborhoods on Oct. 2 with the aim of heightening drug and crime prevention awareness.

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Alex Barber, Hunter Bachrach tied for first in Jerome primary

JEROME – Alex Barber and Hunter Bachrach, both incumbents in Jerome Town Council, tied for first in the Jerome primary for Town Council.

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Update: 22-year-old mother dead after multiple-vehicle crash

Toddler son currently being treated for life-threatening injuries

State Route 260 at Sierra Road is closed following a multiple-vehicle accident involving several victims, according to a news release by the Camp Verde Marshal's Office.

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Allen, Hulse lead in Cottonwood City Council primary

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council candidates Kyla Allen and Doug Hulse are leading in the municipal primary with 40 percent of the city’s precincts reporting, according to the Yavapai County elections website.

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Two suspects in custody after posting video of abusing calf

The video shows Abrigo shaking the calf and grabbing its ears. He is also shown kicking the calf with one kick being a "downward stomp toward the calf's head."

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Masseur in sexual assault case given public defender

A former masseur in a sexual assault case has been found indigent after he was previously denied a public defender.

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Man in Camp Verde bank robbery sentenced to 14 years

A Prescott man who pleaded guilty in a February armed robbery of a Chase Bank in Camp Verde was sentenced to 14 years Monday. He will get 186 days credit for time already served.

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Neighborly compromise: No consolidation election in November

Parties reach decision to take school merger question off ballot

CAMP VERDE – The consolidation question between Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District won’t be on the ballot this November following a negotiated settlement Friday.

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New-and-improved Thunder Valley Rally

‘The event has outgrown Old Town and will now be at Riverfront Park’

COTTONWOOD -- Facilitators of the annual Thunder Valley Rally festival in Cottonwood are revving up for what TVR Committee member Terence Pratt said will be another successful year.

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Chantry Verdict: Guilty on two aggravated assault charges

9-3 jury impasse on four molestation charges

CAMP VERDE -- After two days of deliberations, a jury has found a former pastor accused of multiple counts of child molestation and assault guilty on two of the aggravated assault charges. Jurors determined Thomas Chantry, 47, was not guilty of one child molestation charge and one aggravated assault charge.

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Woman in botched Taco Bell robbery sentenced to six years

CAMP VERDE -- The woman involved in an attempted Taco Bell robbery that resulted in an employee being assaulted was sentenced to six years in prison for her role in the crime Monday.

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Ex-Cottonwood employee charged with forging drinking water test results in court next week

PRESCOTT – A former Cottonwood employee charged with forging drinking water test results will appear in court Monday, Aug 27, for a scheduled sentencing hearing at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott.

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Cottonwood man in social media predation case enters not-guilty plea

CAMP VERDE -- A 19-year-old Cottonwood man facing multiple felony charges involving sexual abuse and luring of a minor entered a not-guilty plea last week.

Victims advocate for defendant in domestic violence case

CAMP VERDE -- A man who pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault against his wife and disorderly conduct received 60 days of jail time and three years probation Monday.

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Cottonwood P&Z approves permit for eatery by Main Stage

Cottonwood Planning and Zoning unanimously approved an extension of a conditional use permit for a new eatery in the building behind Main Stage at the Mingus and Main intersection.

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Eatery at Main Stage slated for Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Monday

Starbucks hearing rescheduled for special meeting in September

Main Stage patrons may be seeing more food options in the space behind the popular bar and venue.

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Chantry Trial: Jury deliberations to continue Tuesday in pastor molestation case

The trial of a former pastor charged with multiple counts of child molestation and assault ended its fourth week Thursday without a verdict.

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Chantry Trial: Court dismissed without a verdict after first day of deliberations

Jury to return next Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Camp Verde

The trial of a former pastor charged with multiple counts of child molestation and assault ended its fourth week Thursday without a verdict.

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Pricetag for Cottonwood City Hall? $1.8 million

COTTONWOOD -- Millions of dollars of city-owned property are going to be up for sale.

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Chantry Trial: Attorneys begin closing arguments after four weeks of testimony

Prosecuting attorney calls former pastor a ‘sick, twisted pedophile’

Prosecuting attorney Susan Eazer called the defendant in a child assault and molestation case a ‘sick, twisted pedophile’ Wednesday during her closing rebuttal.

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Chantry trial: Defense rests in pastor molestation case

Judge dismisses motion for mistrial

CAMP VERDE -- Testimony of a former pastor accused of multiple counts of child molestation and assault continued well into Tuesday.

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Chantry Trial Week 3: Defendant testifies, expert witness details circumstances of ‘honest false memory’

After nearly two weeks of testimony, the state rested its case Wednesday in the trial of a former Prescott pastor charged with multiple counts of child molestation.

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New items added to Cottonwood city budget

Expenses expected to be covered from city reserves

COTTONWOOD -- In another 4-3 vote, Cottonwood City Council voted to adopt its final budget for fiscal year 2019. Mayor Tim Elinski was once again the swing vote in the decision.

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Cottonwood approves bicycle corrals in Old Town

COTTONWOOD -- As the City of Cottonwood pedals toward bike-friendliness, groups have been gearing their efforts for more bicycle parking.

Cottonwood City Manager search update

Last week, Cottonwood City Council recently met with leaders of the Novak Group, a firm hired to assist in the city manager search.

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Chantry Trial Week 2: Expert discusses sex victim trauma; more witnesses describe evidence of abuse from former pastor

The trial of a former pastor charged with multiple counts child molestation wrapped up its second week Thursday. The state is expected to rest next week.

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Cottonwood public hearing on sales tax increase

COTTONWOOD — Cottonwood City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a budget that will include a half-percent sales tax increase.