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Here are some events and other announcements about things happening in the Verde Valley.

January 19, 2021
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Sour Fire remains at 1,200 acres, 20% containment
Rain in forecast expected to help with blaze, south of Cherry

The fire is burning brush and grass and is also only about four miles west of I-17. It remained at 20% containment, with rain in the forecast and firefighters hoping to make further progress Tuesday.

By Jason W. Brooks January 19, 2021
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Since age 6, Chandler Plante has held Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches down Camp Verde’s Main Street.

By Bill Helm January 19, 2021
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NAH hoping to start Phase 1B vaccinations in early February
Target date for Verde Valley vaccines is week of Feb. 8

Some of the media briefings held by Northern Arizona Healthcare leaders within the past year have been filled with heavy news and seemed to have officials looking for reasons to be optimistic.

By Jason W. Brooks January 19, 2021
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So if you see those posted speeds on highways as more of a suggestion than a limit, a Southern Arizona lawmaker has some legislation for you.

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Police are still on the lookout for a red and white airplane plucked from the Cottonwood Airport on New Year’s Eve.

By Vyto Starinskas January 18, 2021
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Cottonwood to resume water shutoffs March 1
Government assistance programs available

The city will end its moratorium on both water shutoff and accrual of late fees for individual utility customers. A temporary COVID-19 economic policy, begun in March of last year, put a hold on both utility department actions.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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Agave Highlands Golf Course and the Verde Santa Fe Wastewater Co. were each recently issued a notice of violation by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for stagnant water and a strong septic odor in a pair of ponds.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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Girls soccer will not field a team this year, according to Mingus Union Athletic Director Yancey DeVore.

By Bill Helm January 18, 2021
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Sour Fire has charred 1,200 acres
Containment 20% as of early Monday

As of early Monday, Jan. 18, the Sour Fire has charred 1,200 acres in an area north of State Route 169 and just east of Cherry Creek Road, according to Prescott National Forest.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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After reviewing an offer to purchase an office complex to serve as its new city hall, the Cottonwood City Council has asked staff to get more information.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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Minor injuries in Cornville Road rollover
Cause still under investigation

A Rimrock resident suffered only minor injuries in a single-vehicle rollover Friday, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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The Beaver Creek Food bank is seeking funds as part of the application. It has requested $283,000 to purchase a storage warehouse.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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The final step toward making Spring Creek Ranch part of the City of Cottonwood could be taken Tuesday.

By Jason W. Brooks January 18, 2021
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Arizonans legally smoked, ate or otherwise consumed nearly 106 tons of marijuana last year - and more than 12,000 medical cardholders now live in Yavapai County.

January 17, 2021
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The Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination programs, adding distribution at pharmacies and at a second state-run site in the East Valley and broadening the number of people eligible for the vaccine.

By Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News January 17, 2021
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The Arizona Capitol is surrounded by two rows of chain-link fence and police presence has been increased, as authorities brace for possible violence in response to the inauguration next week of President-elect Joe Biden.

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News January 17, 2021
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Gov. Doug Ducey wants to reduce taxes by $200 million this coming budget year -- and another $200 million a year in each of the following two years -- but isn't ready to say who he wants to get that relief.

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State lawmaker wants new penalties for protest violence
Separate measure would reduce state aid to penalize police 'defunding'

A former constable and detention officer thinks he's found a way to prevent peaceful protests from turning violent: new criminal penalties.

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Federal prosecutors said there was “strong evidence” the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” but the head of the investigation cautioned Friday that the probe is still in its early stages and there was no “direct evidence” of such intentions.

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press January 15, 2021
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The pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week aimed to “capture and assassinate elected officials,” federal prosecutors said in court documents.

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and JACQUES BILLEAUD Associated Press January 15, 2021
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As Arizona moves into Phase 1B of its vaccination protocol, COVID-19 infections and deaths are at unprecedented highs in the Grand Canyon State.

By Dan Engler January 15, 2021
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Smoke and fire was showing when Cottonwood firefighters arrived to house fire early Thursday morning in Old Town.

By Vyto Starinskas January 15, 2021
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The City of Cottonwood was busy installing a new decomposed granite multiuse trail this week at Riverfront Park, adding to its maze of hiking trails in the area.

January 15, 2021
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As vaccinations for COVID-19 continue nationwide, blood donation agencies are stepping up efforts to encourage those who’ve had the disease and recovered to donate their plasma to help treat the sick.

By Harry Croton, Cronkite News January 15, 2021

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