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Vyto Starinskas

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6 Questions with Jenniffer Cohen

Jennifer Cohen’s voice is beamed across the Verde Valley air waves on five radio stations as producer for Yavapai Broadcasting News.

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Aloha Sedona: Taste of Hawaii comes to Red Rock country with Poke restaurant

Poke “is a traditional Hawaiian dish,” explained Nichols. Its raw ahi (tuna) mixed with sesame seeds, soy sauce, several types of seaweed, sesame oil and a little bit of honey.”

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Cancer patients to have access to chemo in Verde Valley

Soon Verde Valley cancer patients will be able to get their chemotherapy treatments in Cottonwood and Sedona.

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Storm damages 1,000 trees at VOC’s Oakcreek Country Club golf course

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- The Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek has been closed since Feb. 22 while staff cleans up the damage to almost 1,000 trees at the Trent Jones-designed golf course known for its tree-lined fairways.

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Pile burning planned at Montezuma Well, Tuzigoot National Monument

The National Park Service will burn piles of woody debris at Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Well.

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NAH to create ‘one-stop shopping’ for local healthcare

The Medical Plaza on the corner of Mingus Avenue and SR89A is being reorganized to create a new “one-stop-shopping” experience for its patients.

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The Red and the Green

Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, far right and his wife Ruth Ellen, second from right, represent the city of Cottonwood along with staff Saturday at the annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade. The event is a partnership between NAU Parks and Recreation Program and the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Cottonwood Community Garden filling up fast for new season

Spring has sprung and the Cottonwood Community Garden is filling up fast

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Sedona Yoga Festival seeks ‘hurting’ first responders

The Sedona Yoga Festival is looking for first-responders who may be suffering from stress, trauma or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to participate in free treatment during the upcoming Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Between a rock and a hard place: 5-foot wide boulder blocks path of water slide at Slide Rock State Park (with video)

The Arizona State Parks Department will remove the large rock wedged into the chute used by swimmers at the popular Slide Rock State Park.

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Splash of Jerome’s racist history now worth $225,000

Town historian notes that Jerome at one time had three separate swimming pools

At one time, there were 15,000 residents and three swimming pools in Jerome. One of those three swimming pools, built in 1928, is now for sale.

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Freeport chooses to remove Verde River dam in Clarkdale

Company to retain water rights, search for alternative method to feed Peck’s Lake

CLARKDALE -- Freeport-McMoRan informed the Town of Clarkdale that the company will remove the 105-year-old Clarkdale dam on the Verde River after a storm breached about 60 feet of the dam two weeks ago.

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Corpsman baptized in frigid Verde River before deployment (with video)

CLARKDALE -- U.S. Navy Corpsman Reece Raykovitz, 26, said the Verde River took his breath away when he was baptized Monday in preparation for deployment to Central America.

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A river runs through it

What’s next for Verde River following destruction of dam, levy?

CLARKDALE -- Last week’s flooding on the Verde River in Clarkdale knocked out part of a 105-year-old dam. Flood waters also destroyed a pond levee that helped divert water to Pecks Lake, according to Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig.

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Clarkdale soil cleanup may restart this summer

CLARKDALE -- It appears workers will resume removing contaminated soil from lawns and properties in Clarkdale again this summer.

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Flood forces breach of 105-year-old Clarkdale dam (with video)

CLARKDALE -- The collapse of the 105-year-old metal dam in Clarkdale on the Verde River may be an opportunity to get rid of the obstruction and return the river back to its original eco-system.

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New homeless center opens in Sedona

SEDONA -- The Sedona Area Homeless Alliance new homeless resource center in Sedona has opened on a “Wing” and a “prayer.”

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Pecan pick-up helps local needy

Men, women and children dressed in fall clothing combed through leaves resembling an Easter egg hunt.

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I-17 sign alerts motorists on best travel times to Sedona

Motorists fuming in the one-hour-plus traffic jams between the Village of Oak Creek and West Sedona on State Route 179 probably wish they had more information before driving into that weekend traffic quagmire.

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Thank You, Mr. Bartosh

The community says goodbye to Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh.

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Motorcycle crash on Mingus Mountain Saturday

Two motorcycle riders were taken to the hospital following a crash at mile-marker 338 on Mingus Mountain, south of Jerome, Saturday afternoon. The crash closed the road for less than an hour, according to the Department of Public Safety. “We received a call of a motorcycle down blocking the lanes of travel,” stated the DPS press report from Trooper Kameron Lee. “It is unknown why the motorcycle went down but the operator and passenger were both injured.” Both were transported to a local hospital and the operator, a 47-year-old man, was admitted for injuries.. The lanes re-opened shortly after 4 p.m. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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New bold look takes shape on Verde Canyon Railroad locomotives

CLARKDALE -- The Verde Canyon Railroad eagles will glide through the canyons of the Verde Valley with a new attitude thanks to the skills of two long-time sign-painters.

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Friends of the Verde River fight the enemy -- invasive plants

There are sections of the Verde River that resemble a ride at Disneyland.

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Nature’s way: Local honey a sweet cure for allergies

Brenda Nicholson said she has no scientific proof that eating local honey will help allergy symptoms, but her customers at the Honey Hole in Rimrock believe a teaspoon a day keeps the doctor away.

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The Perfect Crime? Three years later, Cottonwood police, FBI stymied on $350,000 Cottonwood Bank of America burglary

Cottonwood police describe it as the largest “bank burglary” in Arizona history.

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New ‘judgment free’ fitness center opens in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- When you pass the “Judgment Free Zone” at Planet Fitness in Cottonwood, it’s like entering another world.

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Flat-rate cash-pay medical practice opens in Cottonwood

A nurse practitioner has opened a new primary care medical office in Cottonwood that only takes cash, credit cards and checks -- but no health insurance.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY: New owners for Blackmarr’s Furniture

SEDONA -- Longtime owners of Blackmarr’s Furniture Dan and Peggy Potter are keeping their store in the family as they pass on the Sedona business and store to their daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Scott Keller.

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Flagstaff Family Care expands medical services to Sedona

A new medical office has opened in Sedona featuring a family doctor, family nurse and behavioral health and chronic-care management services.

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Volunteers fill void at Red Rock Ranger Station

as government shutdown enters fourth week

An American flag sits folded on a counter at the Red Rock Ranger Station Monday waiting for the government shutdown to end so it can fly again.

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Something to howl about: From a kill-list in California, wolf dogs find loving homes in Verde Valley

Echo, a 3-year-old mother wolf dog gives birth to five puppies at a breeders in California. They are among 160 wolf dogs that a judge has ordered put to death.

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Old Town no longer a R.I.O.T

Foley says it’s time to move on

Jet Foley created a bar where everyone knows her name.

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Sedona Marathon no more; event re-branded as RunSedona

Now in its 14th year, the Sedona Marathon has crossed a symbolic finish line and dropped its marathon race and re-emerged under a new name: RunSedona.

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VVHC overnight shelter open every night since Christmas

It was 17 degrees Wednesday night; and it was the 17th night that a dozen homeless people found refuge in the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition’s new cold-weather shelter this winter.

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Jerome glass blower: An entertainer and historian

JEROME -- When artist Tracy Weisel is not actually blowing glass, he’s talking.

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Rebuilding John Deer Tractors ‘just for fun’

Rob Berry rebuilds John Deere tractors for a hobby.

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For $6.2 million, you can own the historic Little Daisy Hotel (with photo gallery)

It’s been 100 years since “Rawhide Jimmy” Douglas opened the Little Daily Hotel in Jerome.

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Use permit seeks conversion of old rec center into Old Town brewpub

COTTONWOOD -- A plan to turn a former church building at the entrance of Old Town Cottonwood into a brewpub will be in front of the Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night.

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The case of the lost Christmas Tree

Cottonwood police are trying to crack the case of the lost Christmas tree. For now, the Christmas tree is in solitary confinement in the police department’s outdoor shed under lock and key.

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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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