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Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center earns membership in national program for missing, exploited children

COTTONWOOD - From the moment the report of a missing child comes in, to the resolution of the case, every action taken has the potential to make the difference between a successful recovery and a tragic outcome.

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Thunder & Lightnin’ to take stage at Clarkdale Concert in the Park

Grassy Roots-Americana band Thunder & Lightnin’ will be the first to perform this season from the Clarkdale Town Park Gazebo. Their long anticipated concert is this Saturday, July 21st from 7-9 p.m.

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Judge OK’S ‘clean elections’ measure for November ballot

PHOENIX -- Arizonans will get a chance to vote in November on whether they want to alter the powers of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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Jury notes could be grounds for mistrial in Arizona Corporation Commission bribery case

PHOENIX -- The admission by a juror in the Corporation Commission bribery trial that she made some notes at home and brought them to deliberations could lead to a new trial even after all the testimony has been heard.

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Cottonwood City Council Q&A Round 4: Doug Hulse

The city should remain neutral taking no action on a proposed annexation until approached by property owners of the areas that might desire annexation. Annexation is a lengthy, very public, and somewhat complicated legal process that must be initiated by the property owners desiring annexation. It cannot happen “in the dark of the night.”

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Cottonwood City Council Q&A Round 4: Kyla Allen

I’ve found the best way for the City to approach annexation of an inhabited area, such as those mentioned, is to participate in an advisory role only.

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Kristy Aston

In education, resourcefulness isn’t limited to the classroom.

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New RV resort in Clarkdale

Rain Spirit RV Resort, 551 S. Broadway, Clarkdale, is now open and offers spectacular views of Tuzigoot, the Verde River, Jerome, Sycamore Canyon and the Verde Canyon Railroad Train. Rain Spirit features 63 sites, big rigs are welcome, setting up an RV or trailer is easy with wide paved roads.

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Court rules USGS not liable in fatal 2012 copter crash over Verde River

The failure of a federal agency to mark an overhead cable does not make the government liable for the death of a helicopter pilot who flew into it, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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Cornucopia offers free training for agricultural, handling practices

On Aug. 13, Arizona Department of Agriculture and the Cornucopia Community Advocates’ Food Recovery Program will host a free Good Handling Practices (GHP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training at the Camp Verde Community Library.

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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.