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Gallery: Verde Valley gets healthy dose of monsoons

According to the National Weather Service, most of the year low-level winds in the region blow from land toward the sea. By late spring, however, solar heating causes temperatures to skyrocket and surface air pressure to fall. This forms an area of low pressure known as thermal low. Eventually, the pressure difference increases until the cooler and more humid air over the ocean is drawn to the hot, dry air on land. This occurrence eventually develops into thunderstorms.

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Judge to rule on Clean Elections measure

A judge will decide whether lawmakers have an absolute right to ask voters to approve two changes in law in a single act, even if they may only want one of them and not the other.

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Let’s go to camp: Camp Verde’s summer day camp offers fun in active, educational and experiential environment

Have fun and make friends. : That’s what the Town of Camp Verde’s Parks and Recreation wants for children who come to summer camp.

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YCSO: Crews use GPS tracker to rescue father, son hikers

Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team’s Backcountry Unit rescued a missing father, son and dog Tuesday near the Wet Beaver Wilderness area, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office news release.

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Cottonwood to decide on OTA funds Tuesday

Council will also host public hearing on new water capacity fees

Cottonwood City Council will decide on how the city will proceed with funding the Old Town Association next Tuesday.

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Jerome weighs parking kiosks on Hull Ave.

Right now, parking in Jerome is free – but also limited.

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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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Mingus hires superintendent’s husband in ‘substitute position’

Thursday, the Mingus Union High School District voted 5-to-0 to hire the superintendent’s husband to do what amounts to menial office work.

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Arizona K-12 education tax hike on rich could take away tax break for others

A 2015 law requires that income tax brackets be indexed. The idea is that taxpayers should not be forced into a higher tax bracket simply because their income has kept pace with the cost of living.

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Plan to ‘modernize’ Endangered Species Act called ‘extinction bills’

A group of Western lawmakers unveiled a package of bills Thursday to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act by allowing more local input and encouraging voluntary conservation efforts.

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Arizona rancher says ‘dysfunctional’ regulations hurt environment

The president of the Arizona Farm Bureau told a House panel Thursday that regulations meant to help the environment are actually doing the opposite, in part by harming ranchers who are in the best position to help.

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Mingus sues to stop November consolidation election

Late Thursday afternoon, Mingus Union High School District filed a lawsuit to keep voters from deciding whether its school district should merge with Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

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Consolidation questions, yes; consolidation answers, no

County school superintendent tells Valley Academy ‘we’re on unchartered ground’

COTTONWOOD – If voters approve a consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts, other districts will be affected, Yavapai County Schools Superintendent Tim Carter said Tuesday.

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Gulch Radio jumps through first hoop in returning to Verde Valley airwaves

JEROME –The “sound of silence” on Verde Valley airwaves may “slip and slide away” soon.

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Another Fine Detail for All in the Polish

For second year in a row, 2 CV residents prepare to clean old Air Force One

A year ago, Camp Verde residents Rob Fafrowicz and Rob Zubek were commissioned to help maintain and preserve the original presidential jet Air Force One, now at home at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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After Thai drama ... Cavers insist sport is safe if you’re prepared, alert

WASHINGTON – For people like Ray Keeler, a seasoned Arizona caver, there is an important lesson in the headline-grabbing story of the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand: Be prepared.

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Verde Valley Fire District lifts fire ban effective Friday

VERDE VALLEY – This week’s monsoon rains has prompted the Verde Valley Fire District to rescind fire restrictions effective Friday, July 13, at 8 a.m.

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NWS: Flash flood warning in Northern, Central Arizona

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a flash flood watch for parts of east-central and west-central Arizona through late tonight.

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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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Cottonwood man dies following vehicle-pedestrian crash on SR 260

A Cottonwood man is dead following a vehicle-pedestrian collision on State Route 260 Tuesday night.

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Former police officer sentenced to minimum jail time for prostitution conviction

Former Prescott Valley Police officer Ronald Craig Lowman was sentenced to serve the minimum penalty of 15 days in jail plus probation for prostitution, a class 1 misdemeanor.

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Fatality on SR 260 between Western and Del Rio

COTTONWOOD - Late Tuesday night, Cottonwood Police Department shut down traffic in both directions on SR 260 between Western Drive and Del Rio Drive "due to a fatality," according to the department's Facebook page.

Sedona Fire District lifts fire ban

The Sedona Fire District lifts the stage III fire restrictions for all portions of the fire district. This will take effect July 11 at 8 am.

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League of Women Voters’ invites town council candidates to non-partisan forum

Empowering voters – and defending democracy. That’s the motto of the Greater Verde Valley’s branch of the League of Women Voters.

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Camp Verde council could approve budget at Wednesday special meeting

Two weeks ago, several Camp Verdeans told Town Council that they were not pleased with the Town’s 52-percent debt ratio.

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