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Vyto Starinskas

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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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Slip, Sliding Away: Slide Rock State Park stands test of time as Arizona’s most-loved water park

OAK CREEK CANYON -- If Fred Flintstone built a water park, it would be Slide Rock State Park.

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Gulch Radio now accessible by Internet only (with video)

JEROME -- The “sound of silence” is the only thing you will hear if you tune into Gulch Radio on your radio. And it’s not the song.

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Tilted Earth Festival returns to the banks of Oak Creek

For the second year in the row the Tilted Earth Festival returns to the banks of Oak Creek at the Page Springs Cellars. The fifth annual Tilted Earth Festival is Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23.

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City Pedals to ‘Road Diet’

Cottonwood works toward bicycle lanes, new master plan

If you ride a bicycle in Cottonwood, you are probably either riding on side streets to avoid traffic, or you are battling pesky motorists for space on busy throughways.

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Dog Day Afternoon: What’s the law on leaving dogs locked in cars in summer heat?

The Cottonwood Police Department policy is not to open vehicles with dogs locked inside in extreme temperatures as high as 100 degrees unless the dog is showing imminent danger.

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‘Suspicious person’ prompts one-hour lockdown at West Sedona School

SEDONA -- The West Sedona School went on lock-down at about 8 a.m. Wednesday after a report of a “suspicious woman” in the area possibly carrying a Taser or a gun on a belt.

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NEW BUSINESS: ‘Vital Essence’ retreat finds home in Old Town Cottonwood

“From the warm sands of Nantucket to the Red Rocks of Sedona,” Kim Bettincourt explains that she is bringing 11 years of experience in Wellness, Massage Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki and ACE Therapeutic Cupping to her new “Vital Essence” retreat in Old Town Cottonwood.

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Human skull found at Tuzigoot River Access Point in Clarkdale

CLARKDALE -- At about 5:35 p.m. June 4, Clarkdale Police Department responded to a report that a swimmer located a human skull in the Verde River at the Tuzigoot River Access Point, according to Clarkdale PD Sgt. Nicole Florisi.

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Trees best tell story of extreme drought conditions in Yavapai County

You may want to give your trees a drink of water. Especially if you have noticed dried dead branches.

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Clarkdale residential property soil cleanup work underway

Soil will be stored in temporary location

CLARKDALE -- Crews have begun digging up contaminated soil from some of the 500 properties in Clarkdale in the United Verde Soil program.

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New home for Old Town Frame Co.

The Old Town Frame Co. has moved out of its storefront in Old Town Cottonwood to a much roomier space at 107 S. Candy Lane.

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‘Bear’ of a hike: Breath-taking beauty offered on Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail in Sedona is a favorite among Verde Valley hiking enthusiasts.

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5 stars for Verde Valley Medical Center

Local hospital earns top marks in national study

The Verde Valley Medical Center has a new leader and five shiny new stars.

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Sound Off: Jerome’s Gulch Radio makes way for new transmitter site

Station to temporality go off air for a week in June during transition

Jerome Gulch Radio listeners have been wondering “what’s shakin’” with their local, independent music station.

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Lois’ Blueprints LLC opens in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- Lois Malafa has opened Lois’ Blueprints LLC in Cottonwood and she says likes her location.

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Solar power brightens future for Bent River Machine 

Bent River Machine, built in the shadow of the former Clarkdale smelter, has taken its high-tech attitude to a new level – this time with energy.

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Cottonwood announces entertainment slate for Thunder Valley Rally

The City of Cottonwood has announced its bands for this September’s Thunder Valley Rally.

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Gold King Mine’s Big Bertha roars again (with video)

JEROME -- Don Robertson is smiling in his race car in the sky as Big Bertha is again roaring above the hills of Gold King Mine.

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Lisa Dahl: Restaurateur complements ‘mystique of Sedona’

“Business in Sedona has never been better,” explains Sedona restaurateur extraordinaire Lisa Dahl.

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Paving the road to progress

Motorist traveling along Mingus Avenue on Wednesday saw asphalt paving operations along Mingus Avenue and South Sixth Street.

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Bridging the Gap: County proposes new road, bridge across Verde River to help traffic flows

Yavapai County Supervisors Thomas Thurman and Randy Garrison patiently stood on Beaverhead Flats Road and Cornville Road last week as traffic backed up at the stop sign. They pointed to the traffic and said this is why something needed to be done in the Verde Valley.

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Online grocery service offered by Cottonwood Walmart

COTTONWOOD -- Go online, order your groceries, drive to Walmart, the employees put the groceries in your car, and you are headed home.

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Verde Independent receives city accolades

Publisher of Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc., Pam Miller, accepts a proclamation from Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski recognizing the Verde Independent’s “70 Years of Keeping the Verde Valley Informed” at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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Welcome Home Vietnam Vets

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors present a proclamation in recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29, during the supervisors meeting in Cottonwood Wednesday. Members of the VFW Post 7400 in Cottonwood accepted the proclamation.

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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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