Vyto Starinskas

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Sedona Fire, DPS Ranger Helicopter rescue hiker who fell from Cathedral Rock (with video)

SEDONA -- Sedona Fire and an Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter from Flagstaff, with the help of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, rescued a hiker that fell about 15 feet and tumbled another 15 feet on the backside of Cathedral Rock Tuesday afternoon.

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Temporary homeless shelter opens Sunday night

Y.E.S. The Arc will open doors on freezing nights

The overnight, cold-weather homeless shelter in Cottonwood will open Sunday night, after years of different attempts to help the homeless problem in the Verde Valley.

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Ryan Bigelow, the new Cottonwood Library Manager, reads a Dr. Seuss book during the library’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Party for small children Thursday morning.

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Cactuses thrive at Arizona Botanical Gardens

Ever drive by that cactus store on the road going to Jerome and feel a need to stop in?

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Humane Society of Sedona in need of puppy food

Liz Olson, shelter manager of the Humane Society of Sedona, said the shelter has 18 or 19 puppies in its care right now and has run out of puppy food.

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Habitat for Humanity plans to build 5 homes in the Verde Valley

The Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity is building their hopes high this year as they plan five homes in the Verde Valley.

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Details still to be ironed out on temporary homeless shelter in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- The doors of a proposed homeless shelter in Cottonwood remained closed despite temperatures dipping into the 20s the past few nights in the Verde Valley.

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Lack of primary care doctors in Verde Valley has patients scrambling

Is there a doctor in the house?

The Association of American Medical Colleges reported that there will be a shortage of 100,000 doctors in the nation by 2030 and the trend in the Verde Valley is no different. Local patients are scrambling to get treated in traditional practices, clinics, instant care facilities and emergency rooms. Many are waiting to see doctors until they are severely ill.

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Expanded Tavern Hotel partners with local business for complete Verde Valley experience

Eric Jurisin has opened his expanded “upscale boutique” Tavern Hotel in Old Town Cottonwood with 45 “rustic retro” rooms.

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Open house for Friends of the Verde River

To celebrate 10 years as the leader in Verde River conversation work, the Friends of the Verde River held an open house and ribbon cutting at their new offices in Cottonwood on South Main Street.

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