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Molly goes to college
Service dog art helps Mingus student win scholarship

A gold retriever balancing an orange on her nose has helped Mingus High School junior Adalynn Parker earn $8,000 a year in scholarships to Northern Arizona University.

By Vyto Starinskas May 11, 2022
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A Mother’s Day fire in Verde Lakes spread to another home, displacing residents of both properties.

By Vyto Starinskas May 11, 2022
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As work continues on Interstate 17 north of Phoenix for fiber-optic cable installation and the Interstate 17 Improvement Project between Anthem Way and Sunset Point, motorists should expect lane and shoulder closures in the week ahead.

May 8, 2022
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Jessye Johnson has taken the helm of the Verde Valley Sanctuary as executive director.

May 8, 2022
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Former Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management Planner Ashley Ahlquist was recently promoted to emergency manager for the department. She replaced Brian Hunt who left Yavapai County in April to pursue other career opportunities.

May 8, 2022
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Yavapai County Elections Director Lynn Constabile announced the location of vote centers to be used in the Aug. 2 Primary Election and Nov. 8 General Election.

By Raquel Hendrickson May 8, 2022
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Cottonwood Police officers responded to an injury-accident Wednesday, May 4, 2022, involving a motorcycle in front of the tire store near State Route 260 and Fir Street, according to Cottonwood Police.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2022
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With a round of applause and support from his predecessor, the Jerome Council unanimously approved the employment agreement for Brett Klein to become Jerome’s new town manager.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2022
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At 100, Sedona mom pays tribute to her own mother’s wisdom
‘Sometimes you have to listen to your mother’

Long-time Sedona resident Michele Braun has something extra special to celebrate this Mother’s Day. It’s also her 100th birthday.

By Cindy Cole May 8, 2022
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Frustrations over ATVs in Sedona have reached such a boiling point that residents are videotaping ATV/OHV riders on remote roads with game cameras and approaching them face-to-face in hopes of reasoning with them. They hope the forest service will notice.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2022
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Like millions of others, Rachel Retegan is celebrating her first Mother’s Day as a mom, but her journey to motherhood has been anything but ordinary.

By Raquel Hendrickson May 8, 2022
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Meal-packing for people in need is a common practice for Manzanita Outreach, but this summer one event will be a little bit different.

By Raquel Hendrickson May 4, 2022
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Perhaps best known as a historic area and pass-through on the Verde Canyon Railroad tour rather than as a modern-day community, Perkinsville has been the site of a little-known ecological gem since time immemorial.

By Lo Frisby May 4, 2022
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The Town of Jerome is working on affordable housing and housing for department heads, all in one project.

By Vyto Starinskas May 4, 2022
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Police Chief Steve Gesell is withdrawing from the race for Arizona House of Representatives for District 1, he announced on Tuesday.

By Vyto Starinskas May 3, 2022
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A person died Monday morning after a traffic incident on State Route 260.

By Verde Independent May 2, 2022
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Like many other local businesses, Verde Valley Humane Society continues to struggle with staffing shortages due to changes caused by the recent pandemic. Beginning May 2, VVHS will be change to an appointment-based adoption system without public open viewing/visiting hours.

May 1, 2022
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The flight-school airplane traffic may increase temporarily above the Cottonwood Airport while the Prescott Regional Airport closes its primary touch & go runway.

By Vyto Starinskas May 1, 2022
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The lower Verde River affected by the 2021 Backbone Fire has reopened to recreationists while other nearby areas – including Childs Camping area and Fossil Creek – remain closed.

May 1, 2022
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Angel Valley Retreat Center tries to get off the ground
New owners take requests to county supervisors

After a couple attempts, the owners of Angel Valley Retreat Center between Cornville and Sedona are getting their day in front of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.

By Raquel Hendrickson May 1, 2022
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There was only one teen drug-related overdose death in 2021 in Yavapai County compared to 2020 when there were five. The sad news is that the overdose occurred in the Verde Valley.

By Vyto Starinskas May 1, 2022
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As I drove to Camp Verde Elementary School to document their Arbor Day festivities, the air was thick with smoke from the Crooks Fire in Prescott. Earlier that morning, I was reading about the Tunnel Fire in Flagstaff, an even larger fire at more than 20,000 acres.

By Lo Frisby May 1, 2022
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Despite battling high winds overnight, firefighters were able to bring containment of the Crooks Fire from 16% up to 20%. Meanwhile near Flagstaff, Firefighters continued to make progress on the Tunnel Fire Tuesday. As a result, containment of the fire increased to 30%.

April 27, 2022
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The Test Drive YC Open House recruiting and familiarization day will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus (601 W. Black Hills Drive in Clarkdale) starting at 9 a.m.

April 27, 2022
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Earth Resources Inc. in conjunction with Yavapai County will be performing chip seal and fog seal operations

April 27, 2022

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