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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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Ground clearing and grubbing work is expected to get started at the site of the new Prescott jail and justice center within the week, based upon two unanimous votes by the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

By BY CINDY BARKS, Special to The Verde Independent August 6, 2020
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Gosar wins Republican primary, advances to General Election in U.S. District 4 race
Garners more than 62% of the vote to defeat challenger Ward

Incumbent U.S. District 4 Rep. Paul Gosar fended off challenger Anne Marie Ward of Prescott Valley to win the 2020 Republican primary election Tuesday night, Aug. 4, unofficially garnering 62.4% of nearly 88,000 votes cast.

By Doug Cook, Special to The Verde Independent August 5, 2020
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Sedona school board will keep one, lose one Village resident in November election
Three candidates for three open seats means uncontested election

In the November 2020 election, the Village of Oak Creek will lose one representative on the Sedona-Oak Creek School Board, as Vice President Heather Hermen will not run to keep her seat.

By Bill Helm August 3, 2020
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Yavapai County Administrator returns after bout with COVID-19
Board of Supervisors to discuss new policy on return to work

After about two and a half weeks of self-quarantining at home to recover from the coronavirus, Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon has returned to county offices.

By CINDY BARKS, Special to The Verde Independent August 1, 2020
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In two actions that would total a cost of about $4.8 million, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors could officially get groundwork for a new Prescott jail underway.

By CINDY BARKS, Special to The Verde Independent August 1, 2020
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Pine Fire moves north and east
No containment on blaze in Pine Mountain Wilderness

The wildfire that’s been having the most direct impact on the Verde Valley over the past week is also one of the few in Arizona with no containment.

By Jason W. Brooks July 22, 2020
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Sky Ranch loses tax case to county in state Appeals Court
Sedona lodge claimed its improvements belong to Yavapai County

Yavapai County owns and leases land to the Sedona Airport Authority, which operates the airport. In 1982, the Airport Authority subleased several acres to Sky Ranch to build and operate the Sky Ranch Lodge. The sublease has been extended through 2050.

By Jason W. Brooks July 20, 2020
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In response to a wave of opposition that has risen recently over Yavapai County’s plans for a new jail, officials say plans have been underway for about two decades.

By Cindy Barks, Special to The Verde Independent July 20, 2020
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Carrying signs emblazoned with “No new jail” and “No means no,” about 60 people gathered at the Yavapai County Juvenile Justice Center Friday morning, July 17, to urge the county to rethink its plans to build a 144-bed jail off Prescott Lakes Parkway.

By Cindy Barks, Special to The Verde Independent July 20, 2020
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As of 11 a.m., Monday, July 13, firefighters have zero containment on the Slate Fire, which has burned about 10 acres in an area located off Bradshaw Road, south of Prescott.

By Jason W. Brooks July 13, 2020
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Prescott Frontier Days continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic and has made the decision to cancel the rodeo dances and July 4 parade for this year.

By Tim Wiederaenders, Special to The Verde Independent June 26, 2020
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It’s unanimous: No mask mandates in Quad Cities, county
Prescott, Yavapai County leaders strongly encourage them

City of Prescott and Yavapai County leaders made it unanimous Thursday morning that governments in the Quad Cities and the county will not make wearing masks mandatory to fight the coronavirus.

By Tim Wiederaenders, Special to The Verde Independent June 19, 2020
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How scared you are of COVID-19 could depend on your political affiliation.

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‘World’s Oldest Rodeo’ to limit seating capacity to 25%
COVID-19 forces changes for 133rd annual rodeo June 29 through July 5

The 2020 Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo will go on as planned from Monday, June 29, through Sunday, July 5, but the look and feel from the stands will be much different.

By Doug Cook, Special to The Verde Independent June 10, 2020
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Hensel Phelps Construction Co. will receive about $280,000 as the construction manager at-risk for the pre-construction phase of the justice center, to be built in Prescott.

By Jason W. Brooks June 6, 2020
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Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center and throughout NAH, the healthcare conglomerate recently restructured its leadership team to better focus on efficient patient care and effectiveness of operations.

June 3, 2020
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Wednesday’s Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting involved some lengthy discussions — but not many final decisions.

By Jason W. Brooks May 21, 2020
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