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UPDATE: Mingus board places Hargrove on 10-day paid administrative leave

Board member Jim Ledbetter said superintendent’s actions to resolve AzMERIT testing problems ‘not a focused approach’

What Mingus Union Principal Genie Gee called a “technology failure” in August is now being called an “internal fire, a leadership failure” by a member of the district’s governing board.

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Project H.A.N.D.S. puts smiles on faces at The Haven

On Tuesday, more than a dozen of The Haven of Camp Verde’s residents received blessing bags from residents of the Verde View Senior Apartments.

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5 historical facts you may not have known about Jerome

Jerome got its name from Eugene Jerome, a major financier of the United Verde Copper Company in the late 19th Century. Eugene was cousins with Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill.

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Celebrating 50 years of education at Yavapai College

Students, staff and members of the public turned out to celebrate Yavapai College’s 50th Anniversary on Saturday in Clarkdale. A free BBQ lunch were served by Yavapai College Culinary Institute students

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Cottonwood Oak Creek Board discusses open meeting law complaint

In a special meeting held Monday in executive session, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board sought legal advice over an Open Meeting Law complaint.

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6 things you should know about new cottonwood business: ‘Find It Here’

It’s all about consignment at Find It Here, Cottonwood’s newest place to buy and sell.

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Bye bye AzMERIT, hello ACT?

Mingus Union school board could agree to new standardized testing for 2019-2020

Mingus Union Superintendent Penny Hargrove said when the state’s A-to-F grades were recently released that the district was already considering ACT as the new assessment.

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Hunter Bachrach resigns from Jerome Town Council seat

Hunter Bachrach won’t be on the dais of Jerome Town Council anymore, due to “personal reasons.”

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Local tour from local guy: 19-year-old Jerome guide strives for historical accuracy

Joe Westcott started his tour guide business when he was just 17 years old. The hour-long walking history tour “brings the past to life,” he said. The focus is on history, not ghost stories. Although, Westcott said he will sprinkle in some gruesome details about some of the mining accidents that occurred in the now-bustling tourist town.

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Verde Valley Sanctuary celebrates 25 years

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Verde Valley Sanctuary is celebrating 25 years of protecting, assisting and empowering thousands of local residents affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault.

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Arizona outlook promises warmer, wetter winter

Arizona could see a wetter and warmer winter than usual, with a weak El Nino system bringing steady, mild rains to the state, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

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Harris seek District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board: Q&A

Young people and their families are smart consumers. If they can save up to $34,000 by completing their first two years of college by staying in their hometown area, they will. Or if they can learn some skills in two years or less, which studies show will allow the average person increase their wages by $6,700 per year, they will because that is more than a $250,000 payback over a 40-year career.

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Q&A: Paul Chevalier seek District 3 seat on Yavapai College Board

I would create classes, in partnership with business, for needed professional middle class paying jobs - i.e. HAV, electricians, plumbers, various hospital technicians, nurses (in conjunction with hospitals) etc. I would train chefs, not just line cooks (which are minimum wage jobs), at the Culinary Institute.

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Q&A with Verde Valley's Educator of the Week Miranda Moore

Cottonwood home daycare provider to receive Amazing Educator award

At 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Zoo, Miranda Moore will be one of three Arizona educators to be recognized at the Alliance’s Discovery: Through the Eyes of a Child event.

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Former Prescott pastor receives three years probation for aggravated assault charges

Expected to return to court for new charges

A former Prescott pastor has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation for two counts of aggravated assault.

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Number of registered voters up in Yavapai County

Current voter registration information provided by Laurin Custis, Yavapai County Registrar of Voters, indicates an increase in registered voters of 4,254 voters. Compared to the General Election 2016, the number increased by 3,334.

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‘A community helping a community’

Emory Wilson and Mary Wilson brought dirt cookies from Haiti to the Manzanita Outreach food packing event Saturday to show the 700 volunteers what some of the children in Haiti are eating. The Manzanita Outreach program, through local packing events like on Saturday at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds and others across the nations, are packing nutritional meals for Hurricane-ravaged Haiti.

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Council narrows candidates for Cottonwood city manager

In less than a month, Cottonwood City Council will make the final decision on a new city manager.

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Sedona budget battle not over

Following Home Rule, PBA vote will mean something more

The city will remain under Home Rule for four years, but the Nov. 6 ballot would establish a permanent expenditure limit on the Sedona City Council after that.

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Nothing goes to waste and no one goes hungry thanks to Cornucopia Community Advocate

Registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, Cornucopia Community Advocates believes that food recovery means “eliminating food waste and feeding the people in our communities who are experiencing hunger or whose lives would be better today if they received free food,” Fox says.

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Full merger at Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority?

Camp Verde, Montezuma-Rimrock fire boards to vote on Nov. 20 whether to merge the two districts

Should the two boards decide to convert the courtship into a full marriage of the two fire districts, a “new Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District will be what is born by the merger of Montezuma-Rimrock and Camp Verde, and they will dissolve the authority at that time,” Keller said.

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5th annual Cottonwood Historic Home & Building Tour returns November 3

The City of Cottonwood and the Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission will host the 5th annual Cottonwood Historic Home & Building Tour Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will showcase a number of diverse homes and buildings that are the foundation for Cottonwood’s early days as a mining and agricultural community.

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‘Verde Trout’: Environmental debate persists over endangered species status for roundtail chub

In the Verde Valley, the roundtail chub is best known to locals as the “Verde Trout.” The fish historically has lived in pools and streams in the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins and was a candidate for endangered-species protection in 2015. That’s when Fish and Wildlife authorities proposed listing it to help keep the fish from extinction.

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Jennifer Diffley Joins Friends of Verde River Board of Directors

Friends of the Verde River welcomes new board member, Jennifer Diffley. Jennifer is a junior partner in Culp & Kelly, LLP, a specialized law and policy firm focused on addressing the critical issues surrounding water and natural resource management in the American West.

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Public opinion sought for Yavapai Superior Court judge pro tem selections

The three finalists for the full-time position are Krista M. Carman, Clyde P. Halstead and Debra R. Phelan, all of Prescott. Whoever is selected to fill the position will take the place of Jeffrey Paupore, who has served four years in the position.