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Under pressure from a court order, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to provide a"road map" to allow not just gyms and fitness centers to reopen eventually but also movie theaters, water parks and even some bars — but not just yet.

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Firefighters have worked in triple degree heat getting the Bumble Bee Fire to a high level of containment, reducing the threat to area communities by Saturday, according to a report from Prescott National Forest.

By Staff report August 10, 2020
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Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig L. Brown has re-instituted the county wide fire ban effective Monday, Aug. 10.

August 10, 2020
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The heat of summer brings mosquito season to its peak. The warm temperatures make them pass through their life cycle faster, so more are laying eggs and more eggs are hatching.

August 10, 2020
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Arizona has now seen less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for two consecutive days. The state’s positive-test ratio has dropped to 12.4% and Arizona intensive care units are down to 81% capacity.

By Dan Engler August 10, 2020
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UPDATE: James Gregory ahead by 900-plus votes in District 2 Supervisor race
Prescott Valley lieutenant ahead nearly 12 percentage points over Jodi Rooney

Ahead of his closest competitor by more than 900 more votes, James Gregory is on his way to replacing Tom Thurman as Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor.

By Bill Helm August 10, 2020
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Firefighters made progress this weekend on the Bumble Bee Fire west of I-17 in the Bradshaw Mountain foothills, according to a report Sunday from Prescott National Forest.

By Jason W. Brooks August 9, 2020
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The project, slated to be built on undeveloped land along Lincoln Drive in Clarkdale, off of State Route 89A, will be the subject of an online Zoom presentation. That presentaion is set for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12.

By Jason W. Brooks August 9, 2020
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Verde River Runoff will be an online event this year
Gatherings of 50 or more still prohibited

With gatherings of 50 or more still prohibited, the Friends of the Verde River have decided to turn one of their most anticipated annual events into a race-on-your-own fundraiser.

By Jason W. Brooks August 9, 2020
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The latest police data show reported crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of the year, a period in which Arizonans were largely confined to their homes by the governor’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

By Brett Bavcevic, Cronkite News August 9, 2020
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One group of volunteers was concerned about the homeless, so they donated clothes and shoes.

By Anthony Wallace, News21 via Cronkite News August 9, 2020
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Voters who signed petitions to legalize the recreational use of marijuana were not misled, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith ruled late Friday, and the measure can be on the ballot.

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Arizonans are entitled to vote in November on a measure to give judges more discretion in imposing sentences on criminals according to a new court ruling.

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Organizers of a proposed tax on the wealthy to fund education are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn a trial judge's ruling that the measure is legally unfit to go on the November ballot.

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Gov. Doug Ducey isn't going to get additional time to fight a judge's order that he have a process in place by Tuesday to allow gyms and fitness centers to seek to reopen.

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A ew statewide survey of likely voters shows that most Arizonans are not comfortable with the idea, even if the state gives the go-ahead to reinhabit classrooms.

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While the total number of announced Arizona deaths from COVID-19 seems to be slowing, the disease is still showing it can be deadly — especially to the olderst Arizonans.

By Jason W. Brooks August 8, 2020
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The new principals at American Heritage Academy’s Camp Verde and Cottonwood campuses each have more than 20 years of experience in education.

By Bill Helm August 8, 2020
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One local and one state-legislature position will apparently be in new hands next year, due to the choices voters made Tuesday.

By Jason W. Brooks August 8, 2020
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The Cornville Farmers market is sprouting a new season, set to begin Monday, Aug. 17.

By Vyto Starinskas August 8, 2020
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Dee Jenkins, Charlie German both have 1,213 votes
Unofficial results show dead heat in Camp Verde mayor’s race

In the tug-o-war that has become Camp Verde’s mayoral race, Dee Jenkins and the town’s sitting mayor by had the exact same number of votes, according to Yavapai County’s unofficial results, as of Friday, Aug. 7.

By Bill Helm August 8, 2020
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AIA releases fall sports schedule
School districts to make final decision on when, whether to hold competition

As long as Arizona Interscholastic Association member schools are offering education, they can offer sports.

By Bill Helm August 7, 2020
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Will state’s benchmarks affect Verde Valley schools?
How, when schools reopen is ‘local control decision,’ county superintendent says

The superintendent of Yavapai County schools said Friday that benchmarks released Aug. 6 by Arizona Department of Health Services are for guidance — not for policy.

By Bill Helm August 7, 2020
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The project a construction firm was working on at the time of an Aug. 4 sewage leak into Oak Creek is meant to, among other things, prevent the type of accident that ended up happening.

By Jason W. Brooks August 7, 2020
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Cottonwood Council: No motorcycle / concert event this fall
Spring will be new targeted time for revamped event

After plans to hold the city’s large annual fall motorcycle rally were derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cottonwood City Council and staff held a public discussion about a smaller event.

By Jason W. Brooks August 7, 2020

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