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Vyto Starinskas

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Portnoy said the popularity of the local wine industry is one reason he opened the already successful chocolate retail and production facility on North Main Street with his wife, Andrea, and son, Louis.

By Vyto Starinskas June 16, 2019
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SEDONA -- The calm before the storm is over. Monday, crews began ripping up Jordan Road for the city’s Sedona in Motion.

By Vyto Starinskas June 16, 2019
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JEROME -- How much is it worth to park and look at a “million dollar view” of Sedona and the Verde Valley?

By Vyto Starinskas June 16, 2019
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COTTONWOOD -- Verde Valley residents Tuesday got their first up-close look at the various routes under consideration for the Verde Connect project, which proposes a new two-lane highway and bridge over the Verde River between Cornville Road and the roundabouts on SR260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

By Vyto Starinskas June 12, 2019
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The City of Cottonwood wants people to make full use of and enjoy Riverfront Park. So the city is seeking suggestions from the community for ideas on what to do with the park in the future.

By Vyto Starinskas June 11, 2019
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Which way for Verde Connect?
You can give your opinion this week in Cottonwood, Camp Verde meetings

Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison said people should take a look at the intersection of SR260 and SR89A in Cottonwood where Starbucks is being built if they are looking for a reason to build the Verde Connect.

By Vyto Starinskas June 8, 2019
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New Clarkdale Town Manager Tracie Hlavinka rolled into town last Friday just in time to attend the town’s first summer community block party.

By Vyto Starinskas June 8, 2019
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Charlotte Page has resigned as the Jerome town zoning administrator, confirmed town manager Candace Gallagher Friday. Page has accepted a position with Yavapai County, Gallagher said.

By Vyto Starinskas June 8, 2019
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A resident in the Verde Valley has pledged $13,000 to keep the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition drop-in center and emergency overnight shelter open for the next year in Cottonwood.

By Vyto Starinskas June 4, 2019
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JEROME -- The owners of Jerome’s Cuban Queen have been told by the town they don’t have a valid parking permit required for their proposed four-bedroom rooming house.

By Vyto Starinskas June 4, 2019
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COTTONWOOD -- Thunder Valley Rally has announced 38 Special and Great White as the headliners for the Sept. 20-21 shows.

By Vyto Starinskas May 28, 2019
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Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez Group will headline the annual Tilted Earth wine festival in Page Springs Saturday, June 22.

By Vyto Starinskas May 28, 2019
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CLARKDALE -- The Clarkdale Planning Commission Tuesday decided to table a zoning request by Arizona Public Service for a substation along SR89A.

By Vyto Starinskas May 23, 2019
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It may not be a Pink Floyd, Guns & Roses or a Police reunion, but local Verde Valley music fans may want to dust off the cobwebs from their Major Lingo dancing shoes for a reunion show at the Spirit Room Friday night.

By Vyto Starinskas May 21, 2019
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Thursday, almost five years to the day, her friend David Waechter choked up as he spoke about his close friend and riding partner.

By Vyto Starinskas May 18, 2019
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The Jerome Town Council has decided to put paid parking kiosks in town to provide a revenue source for high infrastructure repair costs.

By Vyto Starinskas May 16, 2019
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The Town of Jerome is discussing the possible future development of the former Cuban Queen property, but behind closed doors under the town attorney’s advice.

By Vyto Starinskas May 16, 2019
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Paving began on State Route 179 Monday in the shadow of Bell Rock, as pilot trucks shuttled vehicles heading to Sedona down the VOC-bound lanes.

By Vyto Starinskas May 14, 2019
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The hills above Jerome rang out with the sound of George Hall’s trombone Thursday.

By Vyto Starinskas May 12, 2019
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VERDE VILLAGE -- A fire started from an electric heating pad and caused about $25,000 damage to an apartment at the Verde Valley Manor Apartments Thursday.

By Vyto Starinskas May 10, 2019
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12 members of that jury, one by one in open court, confirmed their guilty verdict in each of the four charges of child molestation that happened more than two decades ago. It took seven hours over two days for the jury to reach its verdict.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2019
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A Yavapai County jury is currently deliberating the fate of Thomas Chantry, the former pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church in Prescott. Chantry is being retried on four molestation charges that involve the same accuser in a case that ended with a hung jury this past summer.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2019
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The blossoming spring wildflowers were smiling at the trail construction volunteers that assembled at the Girder Trailhead for their sign-in and safety talk last week.

By Vyto Starinskas May 4, 2019
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Call them what you like: “Grandma Patrol” or “Cagney and Lacy,” but you may be doing it from the back of a police car in handcuffs and shackles.

By Vyto Starinskas May 2, 2019
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The Verde Valley Fair opened on Wednesday night in Cottonwood to a beautiful evening with animal showings, a carnival and endless food choices.

By Vyto Starinskas May 2, 2019
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Beautiful weather helped bring out a large crowd to the Verde River Rockhounds’ “Rocks in the Park IV” rock and mineral sale at Windmill Park in Cornville on Saturday.

By Vyto Starinskas May 2, 2019
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Marchers head up Sixth Street during the 11th annual March-a-Mile for Meals on Saturday.

By Vyto Starinskas May 2, 2019
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JEROME -- Memories of Madam Anita Gonzales and jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton will be in the room Wednesday when the Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission considers plans to build a new Cuban Queen Bordello Rooming House.

By Vyto Starinskas April 30, 2019
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COTTONWOOD -- “Local” is what the Verde Valley Fair is all about, explained Coleen Gilboy, fair director.

By Vyto Starinskas April 30, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – The first section of a new recreational vehicle resort has opened behind Jones Ford off SR 260. It is approved for 299 sites, adding to the 402 recreational vehicle sites currently being built in Camp Verde closer to the intersection of Interstate 17 and SR260.

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2019
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“Significant snowfall and rain in the highlands/mid-elevations has increased soil moisture and new grass growth,” according to Debbie Maneely, public affairs officer, Prescott National Forest. “This has resulted in a later start to ‘typical’ fire season that we’ve seen over the past two decades of persistent drought.”

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2019
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Dr. Deborah Lindquist, MD, has treated thousands of cancer patients out of her Sedona office for 30 years. She says she is the one that is “truly blessed.”

By Vyto Starinskas April 16, 2019
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Sarah Ann Lesslie, left, of Chocolita is the first-place winner of the MoonshotAZ, Verde Valley Pioneer Pitch held at the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood Saturday.

By Vyto Starinskas April 16, 2019
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The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake leered back at the group of captors who just set him free, shaking his newly colored rattle at them Thursday near the entrance of the Montezuma Castle National Monument.

By Vyto Starinskas April 13, 2019
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Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, right, and City Council Member and Historic Preservation Commissioner Michael Mathews install the first batch of the Commemorative Memorial Bricks at the Cottonwood Community Club House Friday.

By Vyto Starinskas April 13, 2019
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There is now a new self-serve “dog wash” in Cottonwood where you can bond with your pooch over a shampoo and a blow dry.

By Vyto Starinskas April 11, 2019
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The large rock that was blocking the chute at Slide Rock State Park has been removed just in time for spring swimmers.

By Vyto Starinskas April 11, 2019
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Demolition work began this week on the former Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce building that had been located at the corner of State Route 260 and State Route 89A for nearly 40 years. The City of Cottonwood has approved plans for a

By Vyto Starinskas April 11, 2019
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A seventh-grade student at the Camp Verde Elementary School found a rare arrowhead while on a school trip at Montezuma Well.

By Vyto Starinskas April 9, 2019
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John Parsons welcomed “Verde River moms, dads, aunts uncles, cousins, grand kids” to his Verde River Family reunion on Saturday in Camp Verde.

By Vyto Starinskas April 9, 2019
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Grandmothers are on it. Even the family dog is on it. But getting accurate information about CBD to help with illnesses can be confusing.

By Vyto Starinskas March 28, 2019
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The  Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek re-opened Thursday for the first time since being shut down after a storm damaged the course in late February.

By Vyto Starinskas March 28, 2019
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COTTONWOOD -- If everything goes to plan, the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition will move into a former appliance business building on 15th Street by the end of July.

By Vyto Starinskas March 26, 2019
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A Sedona resident wants the city to consider growing hemp along SR89A to take advantage of reclaimed water that is now being sprayed into the air and returned to the aquifer.

By Vyto Starinskas March 23, 2019
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Vehicles traveling on Sycamore Canyon Road soon will see a flurry of activity as Freeport Minerals Corp. begins construction on a permanent place to dump and store contaminated soil from yards in Clarkdale.

By Vyto Starinskas March 23, 2019
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Jennifer Cohen’s voice is beamed across the Verde Valley air waves on five radio stations as producer for Yavapai Broadcasting News.

By Vyto Starinskas March 19, 2019
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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.”

By Vyto Starinskas March 18, 2019
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Soon Verde Valley cancer patients will be able to get their chemotherapy treatments in Cottonwood and Sedona.

By Vyto Starinskas March 16, 2019
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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.

By Vyto Starinskas March 14, 2019
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The National Park Service will burn piles of woody debris at Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Well.

By Vyto Starinskas March 14, 2019

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