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Clarkdale chief nabs stinker in cemetery

Police Chief Randy Taylor apprehended an uncooperative skunk that was stuck in a burial plot an hour before the funeral at a local cemetery.

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Turquoise Circuit announces personnel for Finals Rodeo

The contract personnel for the 2022 RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by Bucky’s, has been selected by the Turquoise Circuit Board of Directors, according to a news release.

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Sunset Point Rest Area closes as renovation will begins

While crews have been working behind the scenes at the Sunset Point Rest Area along Interstate 17 since July, the next phase of work will require the rest area to close to the general public on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

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Judge takes Arizona abortion law back to territorial days

Virtually all abortions in Arizona are now illegal.

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Judge: Jan. 6 Committee allowed to access Ward’s phone record

The House committee investigating the events around the Jan. 6 riot is entitled to get the phone records of the head of the Arizona Republican Party.

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Once McCain’s party, Arizona GOP returns to its far-right roots

Simmering discontent among a segment of Arizona Republicans over John McCain’s famous penchant for bucking his party boiled over in the winter of 2014 with the censure of the longtime U.S. senator.

Reader Poll:

Has American media spent too much time covering the death and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II?

  • Yes, we’re not British 37%
  • No, she’s an important world figure 63%
  • I don't know 0%

27 total votes

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Cardinals, Rams meet Sunday for 4th time in calendar year

There aren’t many secrets between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams, teams that will face each other Sunday for the fourth time in the past calendar year.

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Cards’ Pujols 4th player to hit 700 home runs

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run on Friday night, connecting for his second drive of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and becoming the fourth player to reach the milestone in major league history.

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Mingus tramples Rams, head into bye week before region play

Another Thursday game for the Mingus Union High School football team, and another win, moving their record to 3-1 just before a week off.

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Guest Column: Voter registration: Our democracy is calling us to act

September is National Voter Registration Month and September 20 marked the 10th anniversary of National Voter Registration Day.

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Letter: An obvious irony

In the Sunday, Sept. 18, edition of The Verde Valley Independent, there was a front page article titled “4th time’s the charm.” The article is about a fourth attempt to put a 2,050-home development at the corner of 89A and Cornville Road.

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Letter: You saved my life

A big thank you to the Verde Valley Fire District rescue paramedics and the doctors and nurses at Verde Valley Medical Center.

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Newells celebrate 50th anniversary

Norman Trent Newell, a graduate of Pioneer High school in Royal Center, Indiana, and Rebecca Karen Pieper, a graduate of North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, met at Indiana University in Bloomington in the fall of 1971.

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Verde Valley Humane Society Pets of the Week

Ready to bring a new pet into your family? Make an appointment at Verde Valley Humane Society, 1520 W. Mingus Ave.

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Grand opening Wednesday for DA Vines’ new bistro in Old Town Cottonwood

John and Linda Rachel, owners of DA Vines Vineyard have collaborated with long-time restaurant industry local Dayna Swenson to reinvent the former Hog Wild BBQ space as a bistro and tasting room.

Reader Poll:

Has American media spent too much time covering the death and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II?

  • Yes, we’re not British 37%
  • No, she’s an important world figure 63%
  • I don't know 0%

27 total votes

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Obituary: Cheryl Ann Ross

Cheryl Ann Ross of Cornville, Arizona passed away peacefully Saturday, August 27, 2022. She was born in Cresco, Iowa on March 23, 1935 to Willard (Bill) and Sadie Bents.

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Obituary: Mark W. Bishop

Mark William Bishop November 5, 1952 to August 20, 2022. Mark passed away quietly in his home in Cottonwood, Arizona, with his wife, Jill, in attendance after a long battle with cancer.

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Obituary: Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Sechrist Kennedy January 29, 1991 - May 28, 2022 Cornville, AZ CELEBRATION of JENNI! To celebrate the Joy that is Jenni, a memorial service and gathering is being held on October 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1090 S. Page Springs Rd., Cornville, AZ 86325