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The best friends the library ever had, the Cottonwood Bookmarks are celebrating their 50th year.

April 16, 2021
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The new Riverfront Park Pedestrian Trail opened Tuesday morning at Riverfront Park.

By Vyto Starinskas April 16, 2021
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The Jerome Town Council does not want photos or videos posted on places like YouTube of an upcoming ultramarathon race because they are concerned they will bring more tourists to the picturesque mountain community.

By Vyto Starinskas April 16, 2021
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An ordinance that will allow for zoning similar to what already exists in Yavapai County zone is set to go before the Cottonwood City Council for a second reading at its Tuesday, April 20 meeting.

By Jason W. Brooks April 16, 2021
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Tuesday’s Cottonwood City Council work session included presentations on departmental goals for Fiscal 2022.

By Jason W. Brooks April 16, 2021
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What should you do if you’re stopped by police?
Sheriff's Office gives advice to Yavapai County residents

In light of the multiple controversial incidents in recent days and months across the country, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn gave his advice on what Verde Valley civilians should do when they are stopped by the police.

By Aaron Valdez, Special to the Verde Independent April 15, 2021
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Arizona's jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a point last month, to 6.7%, as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 economic slump.

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Gov. Doug Ducey and the two lawmakers who ushered through a new state gaming law are defending a provision that has the state effectively financing free games to entice people to gamble.

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A single-engine plane suffered a hard landing and some damage Thursday morning at Cottonwood Municipal Airport.

By Jason W. Brooks April 15, 2021
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Here are some events and other announcements about things happening in the Verde Valley.

April 15, 2021
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The statistics of suicide in Yavapai County are sobering.

By NANCI HUTSON Special to The Verde Independent April 15, 2021
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Yavapai College will move forward to the 'green phase' of its COVID-19 re-entry plan on June 1, which will bring back more in-person classes and services.

April 15, 2021
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Backed by a field of flowers that represent the thousands killed by gun violence each year, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Wednesday that Congress can act on gun reform or “can let the shooting continue.”

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 15, 2021
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Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, built on a pioneer, conservative ethos of Second Amendment rights.

By Ethan Kispert, Cronkite News April 15, 2021
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Arizona tribes are going to get at least four new casinos -- and possibly more -- along with more slot machines, more games of chance and the right to take wagers on a whole new category of sporting events.

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State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that will require special parental permission before a student is taught anything about sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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The Arizona Supreme Court has once again slapped down efforts by lawmakers to tell Tucson -- and all the state's charter cities -- when they can have their elections.

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

April 14, 2021
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The White House began its pitch Monday for President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal by spelling out construction needs in all 50 states, including Arizona which got a grade of C on a recent infrastructure report card.

By Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News April 13, 2021
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Tucson police chief tapped to run border agency
Magnus was a critic of Trump immigration policy

President Joe Biden nominated Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus on Monday to be head of Customs and Border Protection, tapping a progressive outsider to oversee an agency facing surging numbers of migrants at the border.

By Sarah Oven, Cronkite News April 13, 2021
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Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to sign legislation by the end of the week legalizing not just sports gambling, but also wagering on fantasy teams.

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With state revenues running more than $1 billion ahead of expectations and better times forecast, Republican lawmakers are looking at compressing all of the state's income tax brackets down to a single rate.

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Cottonwood burglaries down 60% during COVID-19
Report: Amount of alcohol consumed is rising

Burglaries went down 60% in Cottonwood in 2020. The was one of the few areas in which the year was a less challenging 12 months for the Cottonwood Police Department.

By Jason W. Brooks April 13, 2021
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Mingus Union approves pass/fail grades
Alternate grade option available only for spring 2021 semester

Offering some students a pass/fail grade option is a “short-term fix for hopefully a short-term problem.”

April 13, 2021
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You know you’ve made the big time when you’re asked to pose for a photo with a rescue dog for the Verde Valley Humane Society’s new promotional campaign.

April 13, 2021

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