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‘Tent camp’ key component of Cottonwood-Oak Creek return-to-school plan
Outdoor classrooms an idea catching on across the nation

Cottonwood-Oak Creek has purchased 12 military-grade tents as supplemental outdoor classrooms. The tents, with sides that roll up, will not be used as enclosed classrooms, Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King said.

By Bill Helm August 11, 2020
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As part of the exploratory process, the town of Camp Verde will hold an open house at 6 p.m. Wednesday to take public feedback and answer questions about the proposed boundary alignment.

By Bill Helm August 11, 2020
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‘Pandemic Projects’ on display at Camp Verde library
Mary Lue Allen uses coronavirus isolation as motivation to create pottery

Although Mary Lue Allen had a photography exhibit at the Camp Verde Community Library from August 2018 until January 2019, it’s her pottery that has found a second home at the library.

By Bill Helm August 11, 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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UPDATE: Dee Jenkins leads Charlie German by 34 votes
Unofficial results show 1.14-percent lead for challenger

Dee Jenkins now has a 34-vote lead in her effort to become Camp Verde’ next mayor.

By Bill Helm August 10, 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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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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UPDATE: Dee Jenkins leads Charlie German by 3 votes in Camp Verde mayoral race
Unofficial results show 0.12-percent lead for incumbent

As of 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Dee Jenkins is ahead of Charlie German by three votes in the race to become Camp Verde's mayor.

By Bill Helm August 7, 2020
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UPDATE: Charlie German ahead of Dee Jenkins by 7 votes in Camp Verde mayoral race
Unofficial results show 0.32-percent lead for incumbent

As of 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German has 7 more votes than challenger Dee Jenkins, according to unofficial Yavapai County election results.

By Bill Helm August 5, 2020
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Gregory is unofficial winner of District 2 supervisor seat
Prescott Valley police lieutenant finished 11 percentage points over closest competitor

With more than 700 more votes separating him from his closest competitor, James Gregory is the heir apparent to Tom Thurman as Yavapai County’s District 2 Supervisor.

By Bill Helm August 4, 2020
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Dee Jenkins has narrow lead over Charlie German in Camp Verde mayoral race
Unofficial results show 0.82-percent lead for challenger

With 98% of precincts reporting, Dee Jenkins is 16 votes ahead in her quest to unseat German.

By Bill Helm August 4, 2020
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School districts to rely on CARES Act to subsidize online learning
Edgenuity curriculum used by four of six Verde Valley school districts

Four of the Verde Valley’s school districts are counting on the CARES Act to help pay for online education costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Bill Helm August 4, 2020
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Camp Verde council considers construction tax rebate
Verde Commercial plans to develop 81 acres at SR 260 and I-17

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council will consider a construction tax rebate for Verde Commercial as it plans to develop an 81-acre parcel at State Route 260 and Interstate 17, adjacent to Comfort Suites.

By Bill Helm August 4, 2020
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Monday, Aug. 3, Arizona District 4 Representative Paul Gosar recognized Clarkdale Police Officer Carlos Godina for demonstrating valor in acting without hesitation in a Feb. 27 attack of a small child by the child’s father.

By Bill Helm August 4, 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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In the search, detectives found a clear plastic baggie containing 60 blue fentanyl pills marked M30 by the driver’s seat. Also located was a glass meth pipe and a hollowed out grey pen with apparent fentanyl residue.

By Bill Helm August 3, 2020
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The baseball field at the former Big Park Elementary School in Sedona will be given new life as a garden.

By Bill Helm August 3, 2020
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Camp Verde and Beaver Creek schools open their virtual doors Aug. 3, Cottonwood-Oak Creek on Aug. 5, Mingus Union on Aug. 6, Clarkdale-Jerome on Aug. 10.

By Bill Helm August 1, 2020
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“As we begin the new school year, we will continue to provide our students with a high quality educational experience,” the district wrote in its July 31 letter to families. “Our teachers are participating in ongoing professional development, training, and collaboration to ensure we are offering the same quality program in our distance learning format as we would in a traditional setting.”

By Bill Helm August 1, 2020
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Peter Calandra to play baseball in New Jersey
Mingus Union pitcher/outfielder signs letter of intent with Atlantic Cape Community College

Peter Calandra, a Class of 2020 graduate from Mingus Union, signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Atlantic Cape Community College in New Jersey.

By Bill Helm July 30, 2020
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Jayla Shepard of Cottonwood was arrested July 23 for possession of narcotic drug for sale (heroin), possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

By Bill Helm July 29, 2020
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Nominal tax increase for Cottonwood with consolidation
Consolidation would result in property tax decrease in Clarkdale and Jerome

Most Cottonwood property owners could expect a nominal increase in their property taxes should voters consolidate the Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary and Mingus Union High School districts.

By Bill Helm July 28, 2020
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On Nov. 3, votes will decide whether the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts should consolidate into a unified school district.

By Bill Helm July 28, 2020
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School boards have until Aug. 2 to request changes to draft consolidation pamphlet
Document goes to printers at 5 p.m. Aug. 7, Carter said

Governing boards for those four districts – Clarkdale-Jerome, Cottonwood-Oak Creek, Mingus Union and Valley Academy – have until 5 p.m. Aug. 2 to request changes to the pamphlet.

By Bill Helm July 28, 2020
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Mingus Union High School has had its own vineyard since 2013. But the past several years it’s been mostly neglected, said Chris Eckels, a Class of 2019 graduate of Yavapai College’s Viticulture and Enology Program.

By Bill Helm July 28, 2020
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Verde Valley fire districts extend fire restrictions.

By Bill Helm July 28, 2020
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A July 22 multi-agency speed enforcement detail yielded more than 20 citations in four hours along State Route 260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm July 28, 2020
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Political signs destroyed in Camp Verde
Class 2 misdemeanor to remove, alter or deface campaign signs

Close to 30 political campaign signs were destroyed in Camp Verde the morning of July 22. Destruction of political signs is a class 2 misdemeanor.

By Bill Helm July 27, 2020
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Eric Marcus, the district’s governing board president, needed more than four pages to explain why King was worthy of an Excellence in Education award by Cognia.

By Bill Helm July 24, 2020
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Whitney Owens new Camp Verde Middle School principal
Superintendent Danny Howe relinquishes principalship at district’s accommodation school and South Verde

Whitney Owens, the new principal at Camp Verde Middle School, brings 14-plus years of experience to the district

By Bill Helm July 24, 2020
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At approximately noon Thursday, Cottonwood police officers responded to a report of a man threatening people with a handgun in a Verde Valley Medical Center parking lot.

By Bill Helm July 24, 2020
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By 5 p.m. Thursday, statements for or against the proposed consolidation of the Mingus Union and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school districts were due in Carter’s office.

By Bill Helm July 23, 2020
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Camp Verde's Jason Collier to attend Graceland University
Hard work, faith prepared Camp Verde’s 2020 male athlete of the year for college basketball

Jason Collier, a six-foot 160-pound guard, has signed a letter of intent with Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

By Bill Helm July 23, 2020
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American Heritage to open doors virtually Aug. 4
Survey shows most parents want sense of ‘normalcy’ for students

Of the 100 American Heritage Academy families surveyed this summer, 47% said they were less likely to send their children back to their charter school if required to wear a mask.

By Bill Helm July 22, 2020
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“We had two students respond to our survey in regards to interest in The Bible in History and Literature,” Showers said. “Based on the interest survey, we will not be offering that class.”

By Bill Helm July 21, 2020
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Summer Reading Program goes to the movies
Finale held July 23 at Verde Drive-In

The Camp Verde and Cottonwood libraries will celebrate the end of this year’s summer reading program with a free movie night, courtesy of Verde Drive-In.

By Bill Helm July 21, 2020
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The Summer of COVID-19 hasn’t stopped a children’s librarian from making an impact in her community.

By Bill Helm July 21, 2020
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Thursday, July 16, deputies from the Camp Verde Marshall’s Office arrested 28-year-old Maxwell Rodney Leslie, a suspect in three burglaries.

By Bill Helm July 21, 2020
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Clarkdale-Jerome Superintendent Danny Brown is asking the district’s families to help the school reopen safely.

By Bill Helm July 18, 2020
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With Gov. Doug Ducey’s June 29 executive order keeping campuses closed until at least Aug. 17, the writing on the wall pointed to an online learning program – at least to start the 2020-2021 school year.

By Bill Helm July 18, 2020
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Camp Verde reports biggest sales month ever
$21K more sales reported in June than next best month, January 2018

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to restrictions and/or closures of businesses, last month’s report represents the greatest single month of revenue reported in Camp Verde since its 1986 incorporation, Town Manager Russ Martin said.

By Bill Helm July 16, 2020
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“Members of our district our deeply saddened by this enormous loss and our love, support, and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” said Tricia Winters, executive assistant to Cottonwood-Oak Creek Superintendent Steve King.

By Bill Helm July 16, 2020
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“If the governor does push back the date, then the AIA’s executive board would have to meet to vote on the next steps,” Polansky stated. “It could include pushing back to meet the governor’s new date, postpone or cancel the sports season, or anything else that would be best for the membership.”

By Bill Helm July 15, 2020
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You could say the proposed merger of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts is akin to a divorce and marriage all in the same day.

By Bill Helm July 14, 2020
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Should council approve Resolution 2020-1048, the annexation, which includes Alcantara Vineyards & Winery, would become effective Aug. 14.

By Bill Helm July 14, 2020
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At Los Zpotes, it’s all about the children. Los Zpotes, freely translated, means “the children.”

By Bill Helm July 14, 2020
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Here are some of the latest films available through streaming services or on DVD.

By Bill Helm July 13, 2020
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New Music includes first album in eight years for duo
Artists formerly known as The Dixie Chicks' 'Gaslighter' also released

Here are reviews from some albums being released this summer.

By Bill Helm July 13, 2020

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