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Vyto Starinskas

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Stay at the Verde Valley’s newest RV Resort – just not forever

A small RV Resort has opened up in Clarkdale with views of the Tuzigoot National Monument and Sedona Red Rocks.

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Verde Canyon takes trip to North Pole

Verde Canyon Railroad made its inaugural trip to the North Pole Saturday night with a train full of children and adults. The trip started in Clarkdale.

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Tony Ontiveros bets Old Town will be crazy about tacos

The owner of Crazy Tony’s Old Town Market and Crazy T’s Shirts and Souvenirs in Old Town is now opening the Poquito Loco (little crazy) Restaurant on Main Street in the former Bootleggers Bar.

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Beer School is a R.I.O.T. in Old Town Cottonwood

How can a person not get an A in this class?

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Heart of Arizona Wine country just got bigger with 23rd tasting room

The “Heart of Arizona Wine Country” just got a little bigger. So big, in fact, that the list of tasting rooms in the Verde Valley now has its own map.

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Verde Valley Bicycle Company rolls into new era

Verde Valley Bicycle Company owner Bill Jackson and his staff pose for a photo during their open house after the bicycle shop in Old Town Cottonwood, 743 N Main St., finished major building renovations and upgrade to its bicycle inventory.

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Police say Main Street crash result of ‘road rage’

A 52-year-old Cottonwood man was yelling at the driver of a small sedan before he pulled in front of him in his pickup truck, slammed on the brakes, caused an accident, and got out in a “fighting posture,” according to Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt Monday.

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Homeless group seeks new cold-weather shelter in Cottonwood

Raena Avalon has had success sheltering Cottonwood’s homeless population.

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Garrison sets sights on paving Ogden Ranch Road

Ogden Ranch Road is a one-mile stretch of dirt road that is occasional graded on the outskirts of Cottonwood, but it could be a key player in moving traffic around the Verde Valley in the future

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Crash closes State Route 89A at Page Springs Road (with video)

SR89A north was closed at Page Springs Road between Cottonwood and Sedona at 4:30 p.m.Thursday afternoon.

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Flight canceled: Grounded eagle takes train instead

Sonora spread her wings on an open-air car on the Verde Canyon Railroad while two angry ravens circled above crying out repeated caws of alarm.

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Young Eagles soar with local pilots

Seven local pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 952 too about 30 children on flights Saturday morning at the Cottonwood Municipal Airport.

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Heart triumphs greed: Thief can't steal Habitat for Humanity's spirit

The Grinch may have escaped capture after stealing tools used to build homes by Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity in Cottonwood six weeks ago.

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Mountain Bike Clubs rolling in Verde Valley schools

Verde Valley Bikes for Kids is creating mountain bike clubs in Verde Valley elementary schools.

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New pump at Dead Horse Ranch State Park means 'longer life for fish'

The channel catfish, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, grass carp, rainbow trout, and occasional crappie that live in the three lagoons at Dead Horse Ranch State Park are in for a pleasant surprise.

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Thrilling times in Clarkdale (with video)

Zombies take over Clarkdale on Wednesday night as Clarkdale Police join on the fun. A bus full of zombies were last seen leaving for Uptown Sedona Wednesday night for a 6 p.m. Halloween performance. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Celebrating 50 years of education at Yavapai College

Students, staff and members of the public turned out to celebrate Yavapai College’s 50th Anniversary on Saturday in Clarkdale. A free BBQ lunch were served by Yavapai College Culinary Institute students

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‘A community helping a community’

Emory Wilson and Mary Wilson brought dirt cookies from Haiti to the Manzanita Outreach food packing event Saturday to show the 700 volunteers what some of the children in Haiti are eating. The Manzanita Outreach program, through local packing events like on Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds and others across the nations, are packing nutritional meals for Hurricane-ravaged Haiti.

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Sedona budget battle not over

Following Home Rule, PBA vote will mean something more

The city will remain under Home Rule for four years, but the Nov. 6 ballot would establish a permanent expenditure limit on the Sedona City Council after that.

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‘Color-ometer’ about to pop: Your guide to best places to view foliage in Oak Creek Canyon

'Time hurries on...and the leaves that are green turn to brown.'

Our unofficial “Foliage-o-Meter” is about to pop in Oak Creek Canyon. Some reds have come out, but the gold and yellows that the canyon is known for are about one week away. That means if you want to see the glorious cottonwoods, willows, oaks, poplars and even maples turn color in Oak Creek Canyon, it’s time to make plans. The next few weeks will be amazing. The colors are still a pale lime-green, but Mother Nature is ready to explode.

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Diane Joens honored as Professional Women’s Group’s ‘Making A Difference Woman of the Year’

The 2018 nominees for the Professional Women’s Group of Northern Arizona “Making A Difference Award” line up for a photo at the Cottonwood Recreation Center where they held their luncheon Tuesday.

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It’s Hip to Be Square

The Cottonwood RoadRunners danced at their annual Harvest Moon Festival at the Clemenceau School on Friday and Saturday night.

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A Second Chance: Dozens of rescued wolf dogs arrive in Clarkdale (with video)

The volunteers at Pets Return Home resembled a MASH unit as they lifted the 35 wolf dogs from an RV retrofitted with kennels in Clarkdale last week.

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To get a shot or not?

Yavapai County Health Services recommends ‘Better safe than sorry’

Everyone is wondering: should they get a flu shot this year? The Yavapai County Community Health Service’s states that the single best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vaccination each year.

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Clarkdale soil clean-up comes to a halt, crew leaving town

CLARKDALE -- The contaminated soil removal from hundreds of yards in Clarkdale is coming to a stop and the clean-up crew is leaving town.

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Taggers vandalize historic site (with video)

Graffiti-response team saves historic artwork

The Friends of the Forest graffiti-response team likes to strike fast. So when someone defaced an archaeological site in Sedona last weekend with large, black letters spewing vulgarity, the crew was on the site by Thursday morning.

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New apartments considered at Old Jerome High School

They want to explore further development for residential purposes, said Jerome Council Member Hunter Bachrach.

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Everyone is everywhere: New Mingus Union High School play has 14 students, 58 charaters and 18 stories

Fourteen students are playing 58 different characters in 18 vignette or stories in the play opening this Saturday, according to the Mingus Theater and Music teacher James Ball.

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9 Questions for retiring Verde Valley Fire Chief Nazih Hazime

Last Wednesday was Chief Nazih Hazime’s last day at Verde Valley Fire District Station 31 after seven years as the leader of the 39-member department.

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Today’s Royal Portrait

Chaz Taylor and Rylie Burke were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Mingus Union High School’s football game Friday. VVN/Vyto StarInskas

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Weekend burglary puts halt to work projects for Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity (with video)

COTTONWOOD -- It may be too early for the Grinch to be lurking around, but someone hit the Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, 737 S. Main St., stealing tools and delaying work on wheelchair ramps and home repairs.

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5 great mountain bike trails in the Verde Valley

The employees of the Verde Valley Bicycle Co. not only work on mountain bikes, they are also avid mountain bikers. Randy Young and Jeff Johnson of the Verde Valley Bicycle Co. suggested five great mountain bike trails in the Verde Valley.

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9-11 Remembrance (with video)

Tuesday morning, the Verde Valley Fire District employees lined up at the station on SR260 and listened to the following message: “On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States found itself under attack.

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Verde Santa Fe to re-open as Agave Highlands

A group of five local investors has purchased the Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in Cornville and have renamed it the Agave Highlands.

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Hooked On Books turns another page

Larry Wolfe has moved his 45,000 books to 148 S. Main St., organized them and reopened his bookstore. Hooked on Books, at the new location.

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New microbrewery opens in Sedona: Owners follow footsteps of other local brewers

These three Verde Valley couples share more than just their love for beer. They also love to make beer.

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$4.2 million on table to make safety improvements to Cornville Road

CORNVILLE -- Yavapai County Supervisors Thomas Thurman and Randy Garrison have teamed up again to announce a $4.2 million highway safety improvement project on Cornville Road.

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Central Barber Shop serves Cottonwood for 40 years

Nancy Griggsby, the owner of Central Barber Shop located in the Food City Plaza, is celebrating the business’ 40th anniversary in Cottonwood this month.

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The Sweet Spot: Sustainable tourism seeks to strike balance between quality of life and robust economy in Sedona

Sedona Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff: “Our issues in Sedona are issues of abundance and issues of success, and they are great problems to have.”

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Local couple leaving no stone unturned to re-unite with beloved English bulldog

Rocky is out there, and his owners are hoping the English bulldog makes a break from his captors

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Plan calls for Starbucks to be located in former Cottonwood Chamber building

Starbucks is trying to corner the coffee business at the intersection of Arizona 89Aand SR260, at the former home of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

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NEW BUSINESS: Bombaz Grill expands food truck to restaurant in Verde Village

A new restaurant has opened on Western Drive in Verde Village, just a few hundred feet off State Route 260. The Bombaz Grill has opened with a menu serving “Southwest Style Fixins.”

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NEW BUSINESS: Bombaz Grill expands food truck to restaurant in Verde Village

A new restaurant has opened on Western Drive in Verde Village, just a few hundred feet off State Route 260. The Bombaz Grill has opened with a menu serving “Southwest Style Fixins.”

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On a mission At St. Cecilia’s

Vets For Hire is first going to spend five to six days prepping the stucco-covered church, according to Allen.

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Turning tables: Couple aims to serve fresh produce from Verde Valley Farms

A couple has opened a market on the corner of Cornville Road and Page Springs Road that aims to bring local produce from Verde Valley farms, gardens and orchards directly to area residents.

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NEW BUSINESS: Feral Goat Firearms ‘gun people serving gun people’

Feral Goat Firearms has opened on Main Street in Cottonwood and offers gunsmithing, firearm sales, ammo, training, tactical equipment, lethal and non-lethal protection equipment.

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Bear in Sedona captured, relocated to remote area

A female bear was captured and tranquilized Sunday evening in a neighborhood in Sedona, according to Arizona Game and Fish and the Sedona Police Department.

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NEW BUSINESS: Gaia’s Place to serve community as holistic gathering venue

Patti Lane, the owner of Gaia’s Place in Cottonwood, wants her new holistic center to be a place for people to gather in Cottonwood.

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Crazy Tony opens shirts & souvenirs shop in Old Town; Mexican restaurant to follow

Crazy T’s Shirts and Souvenirs has opened in Old Town Cottonwood in the former Old Town Frame Store space and a Mexican restaurant is in the works across the entranceway in the old Bootleggers location. The two businesses will complement each other, explains owner Tony Ontiveros, who is opening both establishments.

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Coalition works to establish summer refuge for homeless

The Verde Valley Homeless Coalition is holding its breath that it can get a daytime drop-in center for the homeless community as temperatures reach dangerously high levels.

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