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Child care centers can get a share of $47 million in grants to help them keep their doors open and, if they want, make or keep their rates affordable.

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City staff report: Maberys hope to sell Blazin’ M Ranch
Cottonwood City Council meets privately to discuss possible partnership with Arizona State Parks

According to a Cottonwood city staff report, the Mabery family has decided to sell the Blazin’ M Ranch.

By Jason W. Brooks August 13, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey is defending hard-and-fast limits on when businesses can reopen even while saying it's OK for schools to send children back to class -- even if local health conditions do not meet the guidelines set by his own state health director.

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he latest report from Arizona Department of Health Services shows the state percentage for infections has now dropped to 12.2%.

By Dan Engler August 13, 2020
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Landlords and mobile home park owners from around the state are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to void an executive order by Gov. Doug Ducey blocking evictions of tenants who do not pay their rent.

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Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome school boards decided Tuesday that in-class instruction will not begin before Sept. 14.

By Bill Helm August 12, 2020
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The report states that with Messare closing in on officers with an edged weapon held over his head and ready to use, non-lethal use of force was not an option.

By Jason W. Brooks August 12, 2020
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The suspect from that wrong-way incident is Daniel Richard Zimmerman, 44, of Phoenix, according to Bart Graves, DPS media relations specialist. He was booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of aggravated DUI and endangerment, Graves added.

By Vyto Starinskas August 12, 2020
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The good news far outweighs the bad on the COVID-19 front. For the third time in four days, Arizona is reporting less than 1,000 new infections in a 24-hour period of documentation. Once again the state’s cumulative positive-test ratio continues its daily decline, now lowered to 12.3%.

By Dan Engler August 12, 2020
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Camp Verde Unified to open schools Aug. 17
Online education still an option for anyone not comfortable returning to school

Masks are now mandatory. That’s the only change Camp Verde Superintendent Danny Howe said he has made to the Return to Learn plan the district released in July.

By Bill Helm August 12, 2020
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For any teen, getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage – a small taste of freedom in their adolescent lives.

By Farah Eltohamy, Cronkite News August 12, 2020
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As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona.

By Haley Lorenzen, Cronkite News August 12, 2020
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The number of people on Arizona’s Medicaid rolls topped 2 million this summer, after a five-month surge in enrollment that coincided with COVID-19’s hit to the state’s health and its economy.

By Blake Freas, Cronkite News August 12, 2020
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The City of Cottonwood will reopen the Cottonwood Recreation Center Wednesday, Aug. 12, adhering to the requirements outlined in the ADHS phased reopening guidelines.

August 12, 2020
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The owners of a Mesa water park are suing to be allowed to reopen, claiming the policy of Gov. Doug Ducey that keeps it shuttered is discriminatory.

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A judge has slapped back a bid by a Republican-dominated legislative panel to give voters what he concluded was a biased description of a proposed tax to fund education.

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New data from E.coli testing being done along Oak Creek showed a spike as tourists continue to frequent the area.

By Jason W. Brooks August 11, 2020
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‘Tent camp’ key component of Cottonwood-Oak Creek return-to-school plan
Outdoor classrooms an idea catching on across the nation

Cottonwood-Oak Creek has purchased 12 military-grade tents as supplemental outdoor classrooms. The tents, with sides that roll up, will not be used as enclosed classrooms, Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King said.

By Bill Helm August 11, 2020
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Verde River Runoff will be an online event this year
Gatherings of 50 or more prohibited

Kegn Moorcroft, the non-profit organization’s stewardship and development manager, said boaters will be given the chance to hit the water individually and contribute to a charity effort.

By Jason W. Brooks August 11, 2020
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The Cottonwood City Council approved an ordinance that closes a loophole in the mayor’s emergency powers, binding the mayor to any council-majority vote for 30 days.

By Jason W. Brooks August 11, 2020
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PHOENIX – Interstate 17 northbound has reopened north of State Route 179 after a crash at milepost 301, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

August 11, 2020
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ADHS Tuesday morning data shows weekly positive-test results have dipped down to 5% in the past week. That compares with high marks of 20% during the weeks of June 21 and June 28.

By Dan Engler August 11, 2020
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Here are some events and other announcements about things happening in the Verde Valley.

August 11, 2020
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UPDATE: Dee Jenkins leads Charlie German by 34 votes
Unofficial results show 1.14-percent lead for challenger

Dee Jenkins now has a 34-vote lead in her effort to become Camp Verde’ next mayor.

By Bill Helm August 10, 2020
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Arizonans whose enhanced jobless benefits ran out this week may get a chance for some additional cash — but it will depend on Gov. Doug Ducey.

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