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Vyto Starinskas

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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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United Verde Soil Program work could start in March

Townspeople in Clarkdale could see contaminated soil removed from their yards and public property as soon as March in the United Verde Soil Program, now that the Department of Environmental Quality has approved a plan and location to take the contaminated soil.

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Out of Africa welcomes new tiger

Sunrise is the newest member of the Out of Africa family in Camp Verde.

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Friends of the Verde River appoints first executive director

Organization’s open house set for Jan. 25

The Verde River is the historic and vital pulse that created the Verde Valley.

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Glamping: Luxury camping comes to Sedona/VOC

The amenities of a full-service hotel with the adventure of a camping experience

Karen Abbott and Mark Boyko are as excited as children planning an overnight campout as they show off their backyard “glamping” business behind their home in Sedona.

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Fire destroys Camp Verde home two days before Christmas

At least one dog was lost in the fire, as well as all the people’s belongings, he said.

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US Marine Corps Reserve distributes toys to tots

The US Marine Corps Reserve distributes toys to children at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Friday during the Cottonwood Toys for Tots.

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Cleaning up Balboa Wash

A crew of about a dozen people on probation/deferral through the Cottonwood Municipal Court use plastic bags and pick-up sticks to clean Balboa Wash in Old Town Cottonwood early Thursday morning.

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New city well site looks ‘promising’ for recharging groundwater supply

COTTONWOOD -- An injection well at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds to pump reclaimed water from the new Riverfront Park treatment plant looks “promising,” according to Tom Whitmer, Cottonwood’s Director of Natural Resources. The injection well is

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Love could be in the air at Out of Africa as young mountain lions get to know each other

CAMP VERDE -- Will a tom cat from Cornville fall in love with a kitten from Camp Verde?

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Celebration of Christmas set in Old England

EF Productions presents the 23rd annual Celebration of Christmas this year: “Set in old England, it is a cross between Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life."

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Retiring the American flag

Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135, along with the help of Camp Verde Post 93, Camp Verde VFW Post 6739, and the Camp Verde Boy Scouts, hosted their annual flag retirement ceremony Saturday.

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Police receive false alarm about gunman at local charter school

COTTONWOOD – Police received a phone call from whom they believed to be a concerned mother reporting a gunman at the American Heritage Academy Wednesday, but when police responded they determine it was only a lockdown drill by the school.

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Local Toy Run kicks off Christmas season

The 33rd annual Verde Valley Toy Run, sponsored by the Moose Lodge, makes a stop at the Main Stage in Cottonwood on one of its stops during the ride.

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New Maverik opens

People line up for the party at the Maverik store on SR 89A and Mingus Avenue in Cottonwood on Thursday to check out the new building.

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Cottonwood Village honors veterans

The Cottonwood Village honored the 35 veterans (25 from World War II), who reside at the Cottonwood Village, in a Veterans Day ceremony Saturday.

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Veterans gather at Verde Valley Flyers Veterans Day event

Veterans with the Verde Valley Flyers, who were at a Veterans Day event at the Cottonwood Airport Saturday morning, line up for a photo in front of Terry Andrew’s 1944 attack trainer airplane.

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Renovations underway at Civic Center

The City of Cottonwood is getting a new performance venue – kind of.

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Diesel tanker collision turns fatal

A man died Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a diesel tanker truck exiting Interstate 17 in Camp Verde.

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Abandoned baby mountain lion on road to recovery in Cornville

CORNVILLE -- A 6-week-old orphaned mountain lion is rehabilitating in the safe hands of Billy Harvey at the Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville after being abandoned by its mother near the Verde River.

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Camp Verde man arrested following two vehicle thefts in Sedona

SEDONA -- A man in Sedona reportedly stole a water company truck at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village Friday afternoon, abandoned it and then allegedly stole a Honda in the school district parking lot before he was arrested at gunpoint by Sedona Police on SR179 and Schnebly Hill Road, according to Sedona Police.

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New roof for Hotel Jerome

JEROME -- The Town of Jerome is replacing the roof of the old Hotel Jerome, hoping to plug a nagging problem.

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East Prairie Lane's problem: Littering

The road is covered with trash, mainly fast-food bags, cups, ash tray dumps, plastic bags, and even a tray of rice from a buffet.

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McDonalds reopens big-time after Cottonwood renovations

It was a big-time reopening at the Cottonwood McDonalds Restaurant on State Route 260 on Saturday with Ronald McDonald, giveaways, face painting, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall and bungee trampolines.

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Trophies given at Oktoberfest Car Show fundraiser

Spectators visit the Galpin RV Center in Cottonwood Saturday during their inaugural Oktoberfest Car Show fundraiser with the Cornville American Legion Post 135.

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800 volunteers pack meals for Kids Against Hunger program

To the tune of “YMCA,” above, and some classic rock songs booming from speakers to encourage them, some of the 800 volunteers at the Kids Against Hunger meal-packing event at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday form an assembly line to pack nutritious meals for the Kids Against Hunger program.

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New bus stop in Cottonwood

The City of Cottonwood announced that it has a “great” new bus stop at the Spectrum Healthcare facility.

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5 Things to do on the drive

This weekend brings a vortex of colors and events in the Verde Valley. Our fall tour begins winding down twisting turns of Oak Creek Canyon among turning foliage where you can stop to bite into a fresh juicy Autumn apple, chug down a mug of suds while dancing a polka, and end up dipping your feet into the Verde River among blooming Yellow Viguieras.

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'Music and the Market' event looks to grow after successful summer

Cottonwood's market offers entertainment, Camp Verde's focuses on farmers

The moon was half-full the night local music-legend Llory McDonald closed out the last Music and the Market concert of 2017.

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Camp Verde High crowns Queen, King at Homecoming game

Valeria Ortiz and Wesley Loveall were crowned Camp Verde High School’s Queen and King during the Coyboys' Homecoming game Friday evening.

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Hippie Emporium closing

Owner Marisa Gladen said she has the Hippie Emporium in Old Town Cottonwood up for sale or rent and is closing.

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Grand finale this week for Cottonwood’s ‘Music and the Market’

The Big Time was a great time last Thursday at the ‘Music and the Market’ in Old Town Cottonwood.

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Verde Valley donations make their way to victims of Hurricane Harvey

SOUTH TEXAS -- Under the protection of armed townspeople and the Louisiana Cajun Navy, Cottonwood’s Ken Wood made sure that Hurricane Harvey relief donations he collected from the Verde Valley ended up directly in the hands of hurricane victims in South Texas.

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Verde Valley steps up in big way for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Donations from the Verde Valley have been loaded up by a second Cottonwood business owner and headed out Friday morning to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief.

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Highway skateboarding down Mingus, Oak Creek Canyon, ‘definitely not safe’ but it’s legal

JEROME -- Two skateboarders zoom down a switchback on Mingus Mountain over the Labor Day Weekend. It happens so fast, motorists wonder what they just witnessed.

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Fire, police respond to Mingus Mountain hang glider accident

Man airlifted in stable condition

Emergency crews responded to an incident at earlier this afternoon on Mingus Mountain that involved a hang glider who was conscious on scene.

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Emergency crews respond to fatal fall from Midgley Bridge

Sedona Fire, along with other emergency personnel, responded to a fatal fall at Midgley Bridge around 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Local historian to give talk for TAPCO Steam Plant centennial

Local historian Tim Coons explains with a smile that he does not want us to tell you too much about his talk about the TAPCO Steam Plant in Clarkdale because he wants to save the exciting parts for his Centennial talk about the historic plant on Saturday, Sept. 16.

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New Harvest at Javelina Leap Vineyard in Page Springs

In an annual ritual, employees and volunteers covered the Javelina Leap Vineyard in Page Springs Monday morning picking bunches of grapes iat sunrise.

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High-speed chase on I-17 ends with tire spikes near VOC

The driver of this BMW was booked for felony flight, reckless driving and criminal speed after being stopped by DPS and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department with tire spikes on SR179 in Sedona Wednesday, according to a DPS spokesman.

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Leaders of area homeless coalition now find themselves homeless

For the first time in their lives, Wing and Laurie -- they keep it simple, no last names -- the leaders of the Sedona Area Homeless Alliance, find themselves homeless.

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Fire departments host car seat safety check

The Cottonwood Fire Department and the Verde Valley Fire District coordinated Friday to host a car-seat safety check at the Cottonwood fire house where motorists could bring in their vehicles and have their car seats checked.

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Verde Valley woman celebrates 100th birthday

LaVersa Barto celebrated her 100th birthday with 180 members of her family and friends at the at the Verde Village Property Owners Association clubhouse Saturday where they posed for many photos to remember the historic event.

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Major issue in Clarkdale soil remediation project: Where will they put the dirt?

CLARKDALE -- Hundreds of property owners in Clarkdale have signed up to have their land cleaned up in the United Verde Soil Program, but first Yavapai County has to approve a plan to permanently store the soil at a location 800 feet from the Verde River near the Lower TAPCO river access parking area.

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Sedona Yoga Festival moves forward with mural unveiling

The annual Sedona Yoga Festival has opened a daily yoga center for the local community.

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Crazy Tony’s helps an Old Town neighbor during opening

Crazy Tony’s in the Old Town Market in Cottonwood donated $5,000 to the Old Town Mission.