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Jerome woman missing; last seen Sunday
Police welfare check shows she left suddenly

A woman reported missing Monday, June 14, was still nowhere to be found late Wednesday.

By Jason W. Brooks June 16, 2021
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Sunday, June 13, a man died near the north end of Sugarloaf Mountain, according to Sgt. Michael Dominguez of the Sedona Police Department. He said death occurred about 48 hours after a man who was hiking in the Chapel Trail area became unconscious and did not survive late in the morning on Friday, June 11.

By Jason W. Brooks June 16, 2021
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Transitioning from coal is the goal
Organizations, officials disagree on how to get there

Navajo and Hopi witnesses agreed the region needs to move away from its economic dependence on coal, but specific proposals on how to get there remained elusive after a House hearing Tuesday.

By Aly June 15, 2021
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Tempe needs “continued and increased” federal funding for affordable housing and public transit, Mayor Corey Woods said Tuesday, telling a Senate panel that local investment alone cannot do the job.

By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News June 15, 2021
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Gov. Doug Ducey has forbade public universities and community colleges from requiring that students and staff wear masks and get tested regularly for COVID-19.

June 15, 2021
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A trial judge has tossed out the remaining claims of foes seeking to void the voter-approved income tax surcharge to fund public education.

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“That’s what we’re all trying to figure out: how to get everyone back to work,” Oliva del Rio said. “And I don’t have the magic bullet for it.”

By Jason W. Brooks June 15, 2021
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The call comes as the three major fires burning in Arizona -- the Telegraph, Mescal and Slate blazes -- have so far consumed more than 170,000 acres. And none are yet fully contained.

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The closest blaze to the Verde Valley is the Slate Fire, located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff along both the east and west sides of U.S. Highway 180 in the Coconino National Forest. As of Monday, that blaze was at 11,000 acres and was 16% contained.

By Jason W. Brooks June 15, 2021
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The cause of a fire that charred more than 1,200 acres in Cornville is still under investigation — but no structures have been damaged.

By Jason W. Brooks June 15, 2021
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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is filling up with more travelers this summer, with more than 4.8 million passengers boarding flights there in the past four months alone, according to a report published on the airport’s website.

By Rithwik Kalale and Concettina Giuliano, Cronkite News June 14, 2021
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Sam Wang started keeping his “anti-epidemic diary” in May 2020.

By Henry Greenstein, Cronkite News June 14, 2021
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Gov. Doug Ducey is making it official, calling lawmakers into special session to finance the costs of fighting the current crop of wildland fires and the flood mitigation that will have to follow.

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State Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning his federal counterpart to stay out of the way of the current audit of the 2020 election returns.

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Monday morning, according to an Inciweb.org report from the Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the Cornville Fire is at 1,200 acres, with no mention of containment.

By Jason W. Brooks June 14, 2021
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Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education students won nine State Championships (Gold), four State Runner-ups (Silver) and two Bronze Awards in this year’s SkillsUSA Arizona Championship.

June 14, 2021
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Cottonwood Council hears about housing, city’s role
City has vast majority of Verde Valley apartments

“We are growing much faster in the age 66 to 74 age group, and losing population in just about every other age category,” Chicoine pointed out. “The Pollack and Co. presenter at a recent meeting (Rick Merritt) said we are losing the heart of our community. I believe that’s true. And if we do nothing, it’s going to get monumentally worse.”

By Jason W. Brooks June 14, 2021
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Clarkdale welcomes back Tony Buck and Cadillac Angels Saturday, June 19, at the Clarkdale Town Park Gazebo located in the center of the town’s historic district on Main Street.

June 14, 2021
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Even though American Red Cross volunteers didn’t have to assist many residents on the first day of the Cornville Fire, they were prepared and had an operational shelter up and running quickly.

By Jason W. Brooks June 14, 2021
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The president of the state Senate is firing a warning salvo at House Republicans who would kill the first increase in unemployment benefits in 17 years: It's not a good move for your political future.

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More than 166,000 Arizona motorists who are now renewing their vehicle registrations are being hit up for a $32 fee that the agency may not legally be entitled to collect.

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After hitting a 40-year low in the pandemic year of 2020, national park visitors – and their dollars – are steadily returning, but they are still below pre-pandemic levels, according to new National Park Service data.

By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News June 12, 2021
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Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 “has been a disaster,” taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year.

By Brooke Newman, Cronkite News June 12, 2021
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The public got a peek at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus last Saturday during its open house after the pandemic closed the campus to most students for in-person learning last year.

By Vyto Starinskas June 11, 2021
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Approval of its annual budget and possibly reinstituting transit bus fares are among the items on a busy agenda for the next Cottonwood City Council meeting.

By Jason W. Brooks June 11, 2021

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