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Accused kidnapper scheduled to head back to court

A man charged in a 2019 kidnapping incident is scheduled for a possible change-of-plea hearing next month in Yavapai County Superior Court.

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Chino Valley traffic stop leads to PANT search warrant, seven arrests

Multiple drug-related arrests were made in Chino Valley after a May 18 traffic stop that led to a search and a drug investigation.

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Cecilio Cruz murder trial still on hold

There will be about 15 days needed for the trial of Cruz, 39, who is charged with killing his pregnant, 17-year-old ex-girlfriend, Marisol Gonzalez, in Cottonwood in March 1997.

Reader Poll:

With Gov. Ducey’s stay-at-home order rescinded and businesses re-opened, has your life returned to pre-coronavirus norms?

  • Yes 11%
  • No 89%

150 total votes

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Kudos Arts & Entertainment see more>

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Virtual model sessions ‘beyond wonderful’ Žushka Biros takes figure modeling live to Zoom

Biros’ live modeling sessions had been and will again one day be held at her Studio 203 Art Classroom, 885 Hampshire Ave. Bldg. A, Studio 203, Jerome. But with COVID-19 restrictions forcing the sessions online, she’s been able to attract a greater amount of interest by embracing the virtual model’s studio.

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ILLUMINATE Film Festival presents Silver Linings virtual screening series

Indian master teacher Anand Mehrotra is convinced that tough circumstances yield great potential to discover one’s own true self. He might say that a pandemic-driven disruption of this scale, with all of its fear and uncertainty, presents a magnificent opportunity to upgrade our inner operating system to experience true freedom.

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Film Festival presents virtual encores of ‘Fantastic Fungi’ and ‘RBG’

The Sedona International Film Festival presents “Encore Series” by popular demand featuring the virtual return of “Fantastic Fungi” and the Academy Award-nominated “RBG”

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Chance Densmore named Mingus Union’s male athlete of the year

Densmore also competed in cross country and in track and field at Mingus Union. His ability to play well in multiple sports is only one reason why Densmore is Mingus Union’s male athlete of the year for 2019-2020.

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Zoey Arwine: Mingus female athlete of year

One Saturday in February, Zoey Arwine managed to accomplish something seldom seen in high school athletics: postseason competition in two sports on the same day.

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Mingus’ Silas Willoughby to continue running career at Northwest University

"A team is more than a team. It’s a family, and having a 50-member supportive family makes all the difference when it comes down to it.”

Opinion see more>

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Editorial: A freeloader by any other definition is still a freeloader

What the state’s jobless report fails to show is the number of people who are out of work by choice. They could be working.

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Commentary: Nature proves strength, resilience in face of COVID-19

‘This spring has been a great social experiment -- in communal living, in family cohesion, in national purpose, in personal group selflessness. It also has opened our ears to birdsong and sharpened our eyes to nature. It may not have changed the Earth. But it may have changed us’

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Commentary: Memo to Danny Howe: Who’s the bully you scared off?

In one full swoop, Danny Howe went from puffing out his chest to doing a classic duck-and-run. He went from hero to shrinking violet in the blink of an eye.

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VERDE HERITAGE: JEROME SCHOOLS and J. O. MULLEN

J. O. Mullen was Superintendent of Schools for 31 years. During the early 1900's, schools were closed about 30% of the time due to epidemics such as smallpox, scarlet fever, diphtheria, etc. In 1918 when Mr. and Mrs. John O. Mullin "came to Jerome the school plant consisted of the old Main Street elementary school, the old Jerome High School uptown below the United Verde Hospital on the grou...

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Western Light: New Life

Spring is always the time of new beginnings, new life, no matter how small or insignificant.

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Western Light: April showers bring flowers

Amid the chaos in the human world, nature still keeps to her silent rhythms, unfolding her beauty for us to enjoy.

Reader Poll:

With Gov. Ducey’s stay-at-home order rescinded and businesses re-opened, has your life returned to pre-coronavirus norms?

  • Yes 11%
  • No 89%

150 total votes

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Obituaries see more>

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Obituary: Angel Alvarez Vargas

Angel Alvarez Vargas, age 86, of Cottonwood, Arizona was called home by his “ladybug” Juanita Vargas to join her in eternal peace, on May 10th 2020.

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Obituary: Dale Berry 1934-2020

Dale Berry of Cornville, Arizona, was born on June 20, 1934, and found rest on May 7, 2020, with his loving wife of 49 years by his side.

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Obituary: Larry Warren Upton 1939-2020

Larry Warren Upton, 80, of Camp Verde, Arizona, passed away May 6, 2020, after a long battle with COPD.