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Kelcie Grega

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Open-door fire chief closes chapter in Verde Valley

Verde Valley Fire Chief Nazih Hazime has always kept his office door open. It’s a policy he’s always maintained while serving as a fire chief in both Michigan and the Verde Valley.

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GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS: Mingus Avenue project almost complete, but city needs to cough up another $300,000

There’s good news and bad news concerning the behemoth known as the Mingus Avenue reconstruction project, according to Cottonwood City Engineer Robert Winiecke.

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Old Town Association sees resurgence in new partnership

Chamber to serve as fiscal agent for organization

COTTONWOOD -- The Old Town Association is on a road to recovery after an embezzlement scandal that shook the organization. Tuesday, Cottonwood City Council approved $5,000 in funding for the Old Town Association for the final two quarters of the last fiscal year 2017-2018.

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Cottonwood moves forward with implementing water capacity fees

Cottonwood City Council approved capacity fees for water and wastewater fees Tuesday. Council had its first reading of Ordinance 643, which establishes these fees.

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Psychiatrist appointed to examine Jeremiah Gaver

PRESCOTT -- A psychiatrist has been appointed to examine the mental competency of Jeremiah Gaver, one of the men involved in a 2015 melee in the Cottonwood Walmart parking lot that left one man dead and two others shot, including a Cottonwood police officer.

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Married couple in meth bust each get 10 years

CAMP VERDE -- A married couple from Winslow who were both arrested in a methamphetamine arrest last year were each sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on transportation of dangerous drug charges.

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Cottonwood to decide on OTA funds Tuesday

Council will also host public hearing on new water capacity fees

Cottonwood City Council will decide on how the city will proceed with funding the Old Town Association next Tuesday.

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Jerome weighs parking kiosks on Hull Ave.

Right now, parking in Jerome is free – but also limited.

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Gulch Radio jumps through first hoop in returning to Verde Valley airwaves

JEROME –The “sound of silence” on Verde Valley airwaves may “slip and slide away” soon.

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NWS: Flash flood warning in Northern, Central Arizona

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a flash flood watch for parts of east-central and west-central Arizona through late tonight.

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Life in prison … plus 122 years … or

Murder defendant weighs options of plea agreement that would give him 40 to 60 years in prison

CAMP VERDE -- A Phoenix man accused of a Camp Verde homicide could face a maximum life sentence in prison plus 122 years if he doesn’t take a plea agreement.

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Wet relief: Incoming monsoon may help alleviate drought, experts say

As the season’s first monsoon brings dust storms to Phoenix, Verde Valley residents can expect to see some much-needed rain. Some may have already experienced scattered thunderstorms over the weekend.

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Masseur in sexual assault case given more time to search for attorney

A masseur in a sexual assault case has been given more time to hire private counsel.

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Failed Taco Bell robbery results in 5-year prison term for Cottonwood man

A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to five charges in an attempted Taco Bell robbery in January was sentenced to 5 years in prison and three-years probation Monday.

Commentary: Newsroom shooting another example of violent regression in American culture

Thursday marked a devastating day for American journalism.

William Lundy once again runs uncontested for Verde Valley JP

William Lundy once again will run unchallenged for Verde Valley Justice of the Peace this election season.

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Another 4-3 vote: Cottonwood spending plan, with tax increase, comes to $69 million

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council voted 4-3 Monday to adopt the city’s tentative budget for fiscal year 2018-19 with an expenditure limit of $69,528,685. This is $3 million more from last year’s budget.

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Woman in attempted Taco Bell robbery takes plea agreement

CAMP VERDE -- The woman involved in an attempted Taco Bell robbery where an employee was assaulted took a plea deal for her role in the crime Monday.

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Cottonwood briefs: Council appoints two members to boards

Cottonwood City Council appointed two members to separate boards during last week’s regular session.

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Mingus looks at legal firms to explore validity of consolidation bill

The Mingus Union School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to explore legal counsel options in exploring the validity of the district consolidation bill, SB1254.

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Power Hour: Mingus program designed to teach students time-management skills

Students at Mingus Union will soon have an entire hour for lunch four days a week this upcoming school year. This will be more than just an extended lunch period, however, according to Mingus Union Principal Genie Gee.

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Brenda Barton off ballot in District 6 Senate race

The Republican Primary for Legislative District 6 Senate seat is no longer being contested following a withdrawal by Rep. Brenda Barton, who has served LD-6 in the House of Representatives since 2013.

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By the numbers: Mingus Union proposed budget

Board members approved a 10-percent salary increase for certified 10-month staff.

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Citizens petition for street improvements

Problems include drainage problems, eroded pavement

A petition circulated among citizens to add sidewalks and road improvements along both the north and south side of Fir Street from Monte Tesoro to Chuckawalla Street has gained Cottonwood City Council’s attention.

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Cottonwood looks at ‘tiny home’ ordinance

Cottonwood City Council discussed a developing ordinance on tiny homes Tuesday.

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June Cottonwood Council Briefs

June Cottonwood Council Briefs

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State, Verde Valley brace for monsoon season

June marks the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona. While many Verde Valley residents may welcome the relief of some rain after an especially dry spring, local and state officials are bracing for the intense downpours and poor visibility that inevitably come summer monsoons.

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5 takeaways from Cottonwood’s first public water forum

‘The sample was contaminated, not the water.’

Cottonwood city staff hosted the first of two public water forums Thursday in response to water concerns amid news that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office indicted a former city employee for allegedly forging drinking water test results.

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Cottonwood City Council approves Notice of Intent for sales tax hike

Cottonwood City Council moved forward with a Notice of Intent at its regular meeting Tuesday to implement a .5-percent sales tax hike, raising it to 3.5 percent.

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More sales tax decisions for City Council Tuesday

Cottonwood City Council may move forward with a .5-percent sales tax increase next week.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COTTONWOOD WATER TESTING

What does it mean when there’s coliform in your water?

The City of Cottonwood has been under heavy fire following news by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that a former city employee was indicted for allegedly forging drinking water test results.

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Five candidates in running for Cottonwood City Council

Five candidates have thrown their hats in the ring this election season for Cottonwood City Council. Three seats are being contested.

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Camp Verde changes zoning for marijuana grow houses, dispensaries

CAMP VERDE -- Camp Verde approved an ordinance last week to change the zoning regulations of marijuana grow facilities and dispensaries.

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ADHS: Cottonwood employees ‘knowingly’ provided false information in drinking water samples

Cottonwood employees “knowingly” submitted inaccurate information in testing drinking water samples, according to an October 2017 Arizona Department of Health Services report.

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Human-caused wildfire burns 230 acres in Sycamore Canyon

Firefighters responded to a wildland fire in Sycamore Canyon over Memorial Day Weekend northwest of Sedona, according to the Coconino National Forest Service.

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Cottonwood man loses control of motorcycle near Jerome

A 63-year-old Cottonwood man lost control of his motorcycle and hit a guardrail along 89A between Clarkdale and Jerome Friday afternoon, according to officials.

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Cottonwood P&Z approves construction of Dutch Bros Coffee along State Route 89A

Plans for the first-ever Dutch Bros Coffee in the Verde Valley are set into motion following approval by the Cottonwood Planning & Zoning Commission Monday.

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The Chocolate Touch: Gayle Harte to bring her hand-crafted treats from Michigan to Cottonwood

Gayle Hart has always loved chocolate. She said she started making it in a saucepan over a stove in her home in Michigan almost 40 years ago. She has been making chocolate ever since.

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Cottonwood City Council to hold public hearing on wastewater fees

Cottonwood City Council recently approved a notice of intent to adopt new wastewater capacity fees for expanded services.

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Arizona Attorney General indicts former Cottonwood employee

Hans Burnett facing felony charges after allegedly forging drinking water bacteria test results

An Arizona grand jury has indicted former Cottonwood employee Hans Burnett after an investigation revealed he allegedly forged drinking water bacteria test results, according to a news release by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

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Fire restrictions continue through Memorial Day Weekend

County urges holiday weekend precautions, local agencies to conduct DUI patrols

VERDE VALLEY -- Campfires are out of the question this Memorial Day Weekend as Yavapai County continues its fire ban amid high winds and low humidity. Grilling is still allowed, but only with special precautions.

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Valley leaders hope to reopen Teen Center

COTTONWOOD -- Programs at the Verde Valley Teen Center along Mingus Avenue have been on hold due to lack of volunteers. Now, some local leaders are trying to bring it back.

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Cottonwood votes 4-3 on sales tax hike

Council settles on 0.5-percent transaction privilege tax increase

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council voted 4-3 to increase the sales tax by half a percent, raising it to 3.5 percent in the hopes of trying to alleviate a more than $1.5 million deficit.

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Rabbi breaks ground in Verde Valley

Kesslers hope to make Judaism more accessible in community

SEDONA -- For Rabbi Mendel Kessler and his wife, Fraydee, Sedona was always on the radar.

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Cottonwood to decide whether to raise sales tax amid public support for increase

Cottonwood City Council will decide whether or not to increase the city’s sales tax next Tuesday, and if so, how much.

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Commentary: To the only other person at the meeting

At municipal level, micro actions do lead to macro change

Complaining about our elected representatives may be a great American past time, but showing up takes work.

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Cottonwood explores raising sales tax

Members of the public rally for .65 percent increase

As Cottonwood continues to look at options to resolve a more than $1.5 million deficit through a budget balancing process, scenarios of a potential sales tax increase are currently being discussed.

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Verde Valley Fair highlights talent, skills of local youth

Last week, the annual Verde Valley Fair greeted locals with rides and live entertainment underneath a double rainbow following much-needed showers on the first day.

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May Cottonwood City Council roundup

Council looks at parking, bicycle ordinances

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Sedona-Oak Creek School Board votes to close Big Park

The Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Board voted 4-1 to close Big Park Community School Tuesday as members of the district try to address foreboding $1.4 million debt due in part because of declining enrollment and state funding.