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Since June, 31-year-old Parker Jones has been general manager of Jones Ford Verde Valley.

By Bill Helm January 15, 2021
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The Go Bananas food truck provides consumers of all ages a gourmet chocolate dipped frozen banana.

By Bill Helm January 15, 2021
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Pandemic or no pandemic, Chandler Plante will lead his 10th consecutive Martin Luther King Jr. Day march Monday in Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm January 15, 2021
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Clarkdale-Jerome students will return to in-person learning – should they wish – on Jan. 25.

By Bill Helm January 13, 2021
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Tuesday, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board stuck with its Jan. 12 decision to reopen school to in-person learning on Jan. 19.

By Bill Helm January 13, 2021
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Tuesday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board voted 5-to-4 to reverse its Jan. 8 decision to cancel the 2021 winter sports season.

By Bill Helm January 13, 2021
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In March, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge John Napper will consider a motion to reject Bruce George’s defamation lawsuit against the Town of Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm January 11, 2021
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Beaver Creek, Sedona-Oak Creek educators to get COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday
Verde Valley schools scheduled to get first Moderna vaccine Jan. 13-28

Wednesday, educators at Beaver Creek and Sedona-Oak Creek school districts will receive their first Moderna vaccine for COVID-19.

By Bill Helm January 11, 2021
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Friday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board voted 5-to-4 to cancel the 2021 winter sports season.

By Bill Helm January 8, 2021
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For now, Mingus Union High School will keep its campus closed in favor of online learning.

By Bill Helm January 8, 2021
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Tuesday, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Clarkdale-Jerome school boards each voted unanimously to continue with virtual learning at least through Jan. 15.

By Bill Helm January 6, 2021
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Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board will consider whether it’s prudent for students to return to campus on Monday, Jan. 11.

By Bill Helm January 5, 2021
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Spectators will not be allowed for the start of 2021 Arizona high school winter sports season.

By Bill Helm January 5, 2021
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Three Camp Verde girls named to all-region team
All-Academic team also recognizes 10 Camp Verde volleyball players

Three Camp Verde volleyball players have been named to the 3A North Central all-region team.

By Bill Helm January 4, 2021
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A Camp Verde sewing machine business called 'Stitches' has moved into the Outpost Mall on Finnie Flat Road.

By Bill Helm January 4, 2021
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No structures were lost in the incident and the fire was contained to vegetation only, Graham stated.

By Bill Helm January 4, 2021
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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board will consider whether to offer face-to-face education, online education, or both during the pandemic.

By Bill Helm December 31, 2020
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Folks on both sides of the consolidation debate made sure that Upper Verde schools don’t think only of COVID-19 when they look back at 2020.

By Bill Helm December 31, 2020
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Camp Verde remains focused on maintaining and protecting the resource that got it all started: the Verde River.

By Bill Helm December 31, 2020
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Bruce George’s attorney contends Joe Butner’s actions leading up to and including the Camp Verde Town Council’s Jan. 8 meeting were not constitutionally protected.

By Bill Helm December 30, 2020
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For all intents and purposes, the art of viticulture is believed to have first come to the Verde Valley in 1884 when Heinrich and Dorette Schuerman received 160 acres of Oak Creek property as payment for a $500 debt.

By Bill Helm December 30, 2020
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The Pandemic Economy: Camp Verde reports five revenue records in 2020
A ‘budget-year win in any year,’ Finance Director Mike Showers says

Financially, 2020 has been a good year for the Town of Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm December 29, 2020
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Copper Canyon Fire looks forward to new Cherry Creek Road fire station
Chief Keller says firefighters ‘very weary of dealing’ with COVID-19

Copper Canyon Fire looks forward to the completion of its Cherry Creek Road fire station, scheduled for June 2021.

By Bill Helm December 24, 2020
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Camp Verde board votes 3-2 to return to hybrid learning
Lawton, who has COVID-19 himself, and Freeman vote against change

Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board voted 3-2 to return to a hybrid education model on Jan. 4. This means that the district’s students can choose whether to attend school on campus – or online.

By Bill Helm December 22, 2020
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In the past two years, Cottonwood-Oak Creek has lost about 200 students – and close to $1 million in revenue.

By Bill Helm December 22, 2020
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At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Camp Verde School Board will consider whether to transition away from full distance learning.

By Bill Helm December 22, 2020
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Arizona’s high schools now have about two more weeks to prepare for the start of their winter sports seasons.

By Bill Helm December 21, 2020
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In March, Mountain View Preparatory expects to have a new bike skills park not only for its mountain bike program, but also for the community to use.

By Bill Helm December 21, 2020
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Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council decided that anyone who wants to buy marijuana for recreational purposes is welcome to do so – but not within town limits.

By Bill Helm December 17, 2020
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Bottom line, if someone wants to purchase and/or consume marijuana recreationally, that person must acquire it somewhere other than Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm December 16, 2020
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Normally a bowling tournament, BeneVet 2021 will be held as a Corn Hole competition.

By Bill Helm December 15, 2020
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Monday, the district’s governing board will review Arizona Department of Health’s benchmark data, as well as the district’s schooling options.

By Bill Helm December 11, 2020
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With only four parade entries as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Camp Verde Parks and Recreation canceled this year’s drive-thru Parade of Lights, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.

By Bill Helm December 11, 2020
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Cottonwood-Oak Creek’s plan to outfit its schools with sunshades for outdoor education is on hold.

By Bill Helm December 10, 2020
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Camp Verde junior unleashes creative beast
Corynn Helgeson can’t remember not being an artist

Art isn’t just a ‘what’ for Helgeson – it’s a ‘who.’ It’s who she is.

By Bill Helm December 10, 2020
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At about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Camp Verde Marshal’s Office and Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District responded to a two-vehicle injury accident in the vicinity of Middle Verde and Caughran roads in Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm December 10, 2020
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Clarkdale-Jerome, Cottonwood-Oak Creek to return to online learning
Four Verde Valley school districts close doors at least through winter break

Tuesday, the Clarkdale-Jerome and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school boards voted to return to distance learning models from Friday, Dec. 18 through Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

By Bill Helm December 9, 2020
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At 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, plaintiff and defendants in the Bruce George defamation lawsuit will attend a Tier and Discovery conference in front of Yavapai County Superior Court Judge John Napper.

By Bill Helm December 8, 2020
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It’s been 12 years since Eric Reed started Cornville’s Secret Santa toy drive.

By Bill Helm December 7, 2020
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With its $10,000 contribution, SmartRVService.com is now sponsor of the Camp Verde Equestrian Center’s second arena.

By Bill Helm December 7, 2020
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Clarkdale-Jerome to consider online learning until January
Cottonwood-Oak Creek prepares for more students who may exercise online learning option

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Clarkdale-Jerome and Cottonwood-Oak Creek school board will hold separate meetings. But the most pressing need for each is to understand when – and whether – to continue offering face-to-face education during the pandemic.

By Bill Helm December 5, 2020
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Project Superintendent Stephen Beckman said this week that the new Camp Verde AutoZone should be open for business sometime in April 2021.

By Bill Helm December 4, 2020
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Monday, Camp Verde Unified School District will return to full distance learning.

By Bill Helm December 4, 2020
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Michelle Lee Photography is now in the 4H Business Park at 155 S. Montezuma Castle Highway, Suite 11.

By Bill Helm December 4, 2020
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Since September, Gabriela’s has been at 1580 State Route 260, Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm December 4, 2020
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Through Jan. 8, Mingus Union High School will keep its campus closed in favor of distance learning.

By Bill Helm December 4, 2020
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Thursday, Cottonwood-Oak Creek students are again able to take the bus to school.

By Bill Helm December 3, 2020
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For the past three years, substitutes filled about 97% of Yavapai County’s short-term and long-term teacher vacancies.

By Bill Helm December 1, 2020
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Tuesday, Copper Canyon Fire Board Member Carol Keeton was not able to log onto the board’s Zoom meeting, and not able to vote in what became a 2-to-2 vote that rejected the board sending a pro-Verde Connect resolution to Wednesday’s Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting.

By Bill Helm December 1, 2020
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Thursday, the Mingus Union School Board will decide whether its students should continue taking classes online rather than on campus.

By Bill Helm December 1, 2020

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