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Kelcie Grega

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New vice mayor for Cottonwood: Tosca Henry

COTTONWOOD -- There’s a new vice mayor in town.

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Moose Lodge to host First Responder Appreciation Dinner

As a thank-you for sacrifices made every day by first responders serving the Verde Valley, Moose Lodge members are hosting their 5th annual First Responders Appreciation Dinner.

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Man sentenced to 17 years in death of infant son

Garcia-Soto still maintains innocence in Alford Plea

CAMP VERDE – An 11-year-old murder case finally reached its conclusion Tuesday at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde. Julio Cesar Garcia-Soto was given a flat sentence of 17 years – with credited 11 years already served for second-degree murder.

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Rojo Grande comes back before P&Z

COTTONWOOD -- Citizens will finally have the chance to say their piece on plans for a 172-acre manufactured home park near Sedona before the Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commission on Thursday.

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Judge vacates charges in Escalante case

CAMP VERDE -- Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff issued an order Monday to vacate three charges in a drug courier case involving a 2015 Cottonwood traffic stop.

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Woman in drug bust enters not-guilty plea

CAMP VERDE -- A Cottonwood woman who was arrested in a Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking-led drug bust entered a not-guilty plea Monday.

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Cottonwood City Council to consider distracted driving ordinance tonight

Cottonwood may soon hop on the bandwagon of Arizona cities banning texting while driving.

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Jerome Town Council considers distracted driving ordinance

Tuesday, Jerome Town Council had the first reading of the proposed distracted driving ordinance.

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4 things to look for at Wednesday’s Yavapai Board of Supervisors meeting

The supervisors will meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m., at the Yavapai County Administrative Services building in Cottonwood, 10 S. 6th St.

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Infant murder case to reach conclusion 11 years later

Julio Cesar Garcia-Soto facing life in prison

An 11-year-old murder case involving an infant’s death in 2008 may finally have closure Tuesday.

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Citizen helps in arrest of three felons

A citizen who noticed suspicious activity behind Home Depot led to the arrest of three felony suspects Tuesday morning.

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PANT Investigation leads to large meth and heroin seizure in Cottonwood

A pound of heroin and half pound of meth taken off the Streets and away from three children living at alleged dealer’s home

YCSO embargoed this report until now because of an ongoing investigation with PANT.

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Kyla Allen stepping down from Cottonwood City Council

Vice Mayor cites husband's health, housing as reason for leaving dais

Cottonwood Vice Mayor Kyla Allen is stepping down from her seat after the next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

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City looks at new, relaxed policy for food trucks

The Cottonwood City Council reviewed a new relaxed draft ordinance Tuesday for food trucks vendors.

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City to award CDBG funds Tuesday

Cottonwood City Council will choose a project to award federal money during a public meeting Tuesday.

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Authorities seek whereabouts of alleged OTA embezzler

Law enforcement agencies are still seeking more information in an embezzlement case involving the Old Town Association from last spring.

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Third Annual Sedona Women’s March to return in ‘tidal wave’ (with video)

Organizers say they are marching for further strides in empowerment, intersectionality

Rain, snow or shine, the Sedona Women’s March will once again take the streets on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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A look back at the year that was in Jerome

From an almost entirely new council to a beloved radio station sounding of, here are some top Jerome stories of 2018

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What drives the Verde Valley economy?

Creating perfect wine the fastest growing industry in region

While much of the Verde Valley is rural and not as densely populated as neighboring communities on the other side of the mountain, its economic impact to the region should not be underestimated.

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Construction industry ‘begging’ for workers

The adage rings true: You don’t need a four-year degree to make a decent living.

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Delafuente defense requests extension for new grand jury hearing

CAMP VERDE -- The defense in Cottonwood Police Detective Cody Delafuente’s case has a requested an extension to file a motion for remand to the grand jury.

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Judge tells woman: ‘I’m not giving up on you’ during sentencing

A 30-year-old Cornville woman who was arrested Oct. 25 after overdosing in front of her daughter was sentenced to two years in prison Monday at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Showers expected through weekend; ADOT issues highway advisory

Temperatures will be warmer this weekend but there is also a high chance of showers starting Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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Frigid temperatures cause frozen pipes in Verde Village

As temperatures dipped well below freezing on New Year's Day, Verde Village residents experienced multiple outages.

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Year in review: Top Clarkdale stories of 2018

From a new soil program to court co-location, here are some top Clarkdale stories of 2018.

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At look back at 2018 with Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski

Cottonwood City Council agendas certainly weren’t on the slim side in 2018.

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Yavapai County top stories of 2018

Yavapai County was busy in 2018. From high voter turnout to new road projects, news certainly wasn’t in short supply this year. Here are some of the county’s biggest stories from 2018.

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Crime & Courts: Year in review (with video)

Seth Collins was sentenced to nine more years is prison by Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Paupore Sept. 26.

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Jerome Town Council fills three empty board seats

Jerome Town Council filled three vacant seats on three of its boards during a special meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20. The Planning & Zoning Commission, Design Review Board and Board of Adjustment each had one vacant seat.

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Jerome talks gaming funds: Council reviews priorities in health, safety

The funds are a percentage of the tribe’s gaming wins that are meant to be distributed to local municipalities. According to the statute, the money must go toward something that benefits the general public

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Partial government shutdown: What parks are still open in Arizona?

As the United States heads into day three of its partial government shutdown, people may noticed "closed" signs on nearby national parks.

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Cottonwood news year in review: Top stories of 2018

A lot can happen in a year, even in a small town like Cottonwood. As we enter the New Year, here is a look back at some of the biggest Cottonwood news stories of 2018. Crossroads on new city hall location

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County P&Z hears Rojo Grande plans amid public opposition

Crowds of people in red flooded the chambers of the Yavapai County Annex building in Cottonwood Thursday for a work study session introducing plans for a 172-acre manufactured home park near Sedona to the Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commission.

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Guest house not welcome: County P&Z nixes use permit in Pine Valley subdivision

COTTONWOOD -- It was a classic lesson of caveat emptor (let the buyer beware).

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County P&Z approves 80-foot cell tower near Sedona Pines

COTTONWOOD – Thursday, the Yavapai County Planning & Zoning commission pushed plans f orward to build an 80-foot-tall colocatable cell phone tower in the parking lot of the Sedona Pines Resort office and Bella Vita Restaurant along State Rout 89A.

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Flag banners now restricted in Cottonwood

Can only be used as temporary signs for special events

COTTONWOOD -- Flag banners used as signage are now officially prohibited in Cottonwood following a city council vote Tuesday

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3 charges dropped in Escalante case after AZ Supreme Court ruling

CAMP VERDE -- Three charges were dropped in a drug courier case involving a 2015 Cottonwood traffic stop Monday.

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Old Town Assn. gets $10K boost from city

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council decided to allocate $10,000 in contingency funds to the Old Town Association for 2019 during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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Cottonwood approves landscaping ordinance, new Parks & Rec members

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday waiving required front and backyard setbacks in Old Town.

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City gives green light to new brewpub

P&Z approved plans Monday to turn the former church on 791 N. Main Street at the entrance of Old Town into a brewpub.

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Cottonwood P&Z approves Bocce cargo container expansion

Cottonwood Planning & Zoning Commission approved plans Monday to expand the patio area of Pizzeria Bocce Patio Bar in Old Town.

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Stockwell sentencing reset for February

Stockwell’s sentencing is scheduled Monday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.

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Old Town Association to request funding from city

Tuesday, Brenda Clouston of the Old Town Association will update Cottonwood City Council on the organization’s progress and request funding for 2019.

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Cottonwood to consider flag banner ban Tuesday

According to staff documents, this change would enhance the aesthetics of the community as well as eliminate distractions for drivers.

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Cottonwood P&Z to look at plans to add side yard to Bocce

According to the letter, Jurisin said he has an agreement with Cashmere Properties to lease the vacant lot adjacent to the restaurant, on the west side of North Main Street between 1048 and 1060 North Main Street.

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Jerome Town Council discusses plans for health clinic

While still in the talking stages, Jerome Town Council Member Jack Dillenberg is spearheading plans for a health facility on the third floor of the Jerome Civic Center.

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Jerome looks at accessory building ordinance

Ordinance 446 amends the definition of an “accessory building” as being a building or structure that is “visually” subordinate to the main building. The proposed amendment adds that an accessory building “shall not be used for human habitation.”

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Jerome Council establishes new court security fees

The Jerome Town Council approved an ordinance Tuesday amending the town’s mandatory court fees.

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‘He Walks His Talk’ -- Sedona man continues journey to raise money for pet-friendly shelter

This time last year, Michael Capozzoli was getting ready to walk across America.

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CFMD: Authorities contain apartment fire

Authorities responded to a fire at the Kirk Apartments on North 16th Street and Gila in Cottonwood Monday just before 5 p.m.