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Except for Tuesday, registration is ongoing at Beaver Creek School from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

By Bill Helm July 20, 2019
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From every $100 that Yavapai County’s residents spend on property taxes, 17 cents goes into a general fund.

By Bill Helm July 18, 2019
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Yavapai County announced Wednesday that it would like to link State Route 260 to Cornville Road with a connector road from Coury Drive to Beaverhead Flat Road.

By Bill Helm July 17, 2019
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Yavapai County has not yet decided which of six possible outcomes to select for a connector road from SR 260 to Cornville Road, District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman said Monday.

By Bill Helm July 16, 2019
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Wednesday, the Camp Verde Council will consider a resolution that would designate Finnie Flat Road, Main Street and Montezuma Castle Highway from the Y-intersection to Black Bridge as a commercial tourism zone.

By Bill Helm July 16, 2019
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Camp Verde brings Cornfest back for 27th year
From 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Cornfest will be back for its 27th year with plenty of fresh Hauser and Hauser corn and other good eats, as well as live music and plenty of children frien

After a one-year hiatus, Camp Verde’s Cornfest is back. One of the town’s signature events, Cornfest is back for its 27th year on Saturday July 20 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

By Bill Helm July 15, 2019
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What it costs you to operate a school
6-cent drop in primary tax rate projected for Mingus; 5.5% pay raise for staff

“Our goal going forward is to annually rotate through each department for textbook adoption,” Leonard said.

By Bill Helm July 14, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Wildland firefighters continue working to extinguish a mulch fire at the Camp Verde Transfer Station.

By Bill Helm July 14, 2019
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Verde Connect to announce preferred route Monday
Supervisor Tom Thurman to address Camp Verde Council Wednesday

Two more developments in the discussion of an already-much-discussed road project proposal are set for next week.

By Bill Helm July 11, 2019
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Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council asked Town Manager Russ Martin to reject all three bids to complete Phase 1B of the town’s sports complex, and to explore value engineering options before going to re-bid.

By Bill Helm July 11, 2019
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Legal arguments to disregard Mingus Union’s position against a 2020 school district consolidation election are “baseless and should be rejected in their entirety.”

By Bill Helm July 10, 2019
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Brandon Islas of Clarkdale-Jerome School is the Verde Valley Teacher of the Week.

By Bill Helm July 9, 2019
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Camp Verde looks to next phase of sports complex
Phase 1A includes main required infrastructure

Phase 1A of the Camp Verde Sports Complex included grading, stormwater, drainage and infrastructure work for the entire complex.

By Bill Helm July 9, 2019
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After a one-year hiatus, Camp Verde’s Cornfest is back. One of the town’s signature events, Cornfest is back for its 27th year

By Bill Helm July 9, 2019
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Woodbury Fire should be fully contained by July 15
Now 90% contained as 94 firefighters work to extinguish

Now 90% contained, the 123,875-acre Woodbury Fire should be fully contained by midnight July 15

By Bill Helm July 8, 2019
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Verde Valley Habitat For Humanity in Cottonwood has found a new home for its administrative offices on South Main Street.

By Bill Helm July 6, 2019
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RIMROCK – The agent and project engineer for the proposed development of 302 housing units on 46.72 acres has asked the public to share its comments and concerns at a 3 p.m. July 20 meeting at the Montezuma-Rimrock Fire Station.

By Bill Helm July 6, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – After 15 years in the classroom, Jennifer Jackson was ready for a “change of scenery.”

By Bill Helm July 6, 2019
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A Congressman recently visited with constituents in Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm July 3, 2019
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A Snowflake woman has announced she will run in 2020 for re-election as a state lawmaker.

By Bill Helm July 3, 2019
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Pancakes, parade and a "pato" race are all part of Beaver Creek's Fourth of July plans this year.

By Bill Helm July 2, 2019
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Jeff Clarke has taught at Beaver Creek School for 13 of his 16 years in education.

By Bill Helm July 2, 2019
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Mingus Union’s legal position on school district consolidation going to vote in 2020 “should be disregarded” because the school board made its decision “in violation of Open Meeting Law.”

By Bill Helm July 2, 2019
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Despite Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s commitment to increase teacher pay by 20%, the state still ranks 49th.

By Bill Helm June 30, 2019
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The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District has “heavily invested in recent years additional students support, including counselors, curriculum, professional development, community partnerships, specialized programs for our highest needs learners, and innovative approaches to meeting the needs of all children.”

By Bill Helm June 30, 2019
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VERDE VALLEY – To some, the idea is contrary to tradition. But at Camp Verde and Beaver Creek school districts, the four-day school week helps attract good teachers – and helps keep them.

By Bill Helm June 30, 2019
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Red Moon Development/Verde Ranch MH, LLC owns 110 acres of land north of Finnie Flat Road and east of SR 260 that is formerly known as Silverado at Simonton Ranch and plans to develop in three phases, Howard told council. Should the developer purchase the remainder of the former Silverado’s 172.5 acres, the project could end up being five phases.

By Bill Helm June 30, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Thursday, Mike Westcott officially became Mingus Union’s superintendent, as he signed a one-year $115,000 contract wit

By Bill Helm June 30, 2019
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A land-use application form says the cottage-style project “will provide a unique lifestyle that captures the character of Camp Verde.”

By Bill Helm June 27, 2019
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If a local school district's Fiscal 2020 budget is approved as is, teachers would get a raise.

By Bill Helm June 27, 2019
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When Mike Westcott first stepped onto the Mingus Union High School campus as a freshman student in the fall of 1974, he had no idea he would one day be the district’s leader.

By Bill Helm June 26, 2019
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Verde Connect could divert 8K motorists off Cornville Road daily by 2045
Yavapai County releases traffic model results through 2045

VERDE VALLEY – By 2045, traffic on Cornville Road from SR 89A to Tissaw Road could reach 19,000 motorists each day.

By Bill Helm June 25, 2019
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That’s how Sedona resident Dave Meier describes the small home community he hopes to build on approximately 2.68 acres at 485 S. Nichols St. in Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm June 25, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Five times, Betty Gaudy has qualified to compete in the National Senior Games. With this year’s events held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gaudy was able to compete.

By Bill Helm June 25, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Right out of high school in 2006, Caleb Davison attended massage school.

By Bill Helm June 25, 2019
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For Britta Booth, it was Lori Hicks’ “warmth and integrity” that were “an immediate draw” to her.

By Bill Helm June 25, 2019
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As of 8 p.m. Monday, firefighters have contained 48% of the Woodbury Fire, a fire that has grown to 112,899 acres.

By Bill Helm June 25, 2019
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The average teacher salary will increase by 2% for 2019-2020, and the proposed budget includes a 3% pay raise for returning teachers, according to Director of Business Services David Snyder.

By Bill Helm June 23, 2019
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After close to five hours of comment from the county’s Development Services Department, the applicant’s representative, and community members, the commission voted 10-to-0 to recommend that the county’s Board of Supervisors vote yes on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

By Bill Helm June 21, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – There is “no reason” for Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey to modify his stipulated judgment and allow the Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools to take the consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts to vote in 2020, rather than in November of this year.

By Bill Helm June 21, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – A 23-year-old man charged with the murder of his father in October 2015 at Fossil Creek is back in jail – this time in Maricopa County.

By Bill Helm June 21, 2019
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The resolution also explains that Camp Verde also opposes the “takings” of any of the town’s public or private land for the Verde Connect project, and opposes any additional taxes or any matching funds “or any action that will cost the Town of Camp Verde additional expenditures, as well as any reduction in county funds for other project needs in the Town of Camp Verde.”

By Bill Helm June 20, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – A room full of people laughed as Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German asked whether anyone was in support of Yavapai County’s Verde Connect project.

By Bill Helm June 20, 2019
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Over the next several days, fire managers on the Kaibab National Forest’s south zone will continue operations on multiple prescribed fire projects on both the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts.

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019
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According to Jennifer Reed, administrative assistant to the district’s superintendent and governing board, “The only item (so far) on the agenda is to possibly approve a contract for a superintendent.”

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Monday, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff scheduled a status conference for 1:30 p.m. July 8 that in effect extends the state’s deadline to respond to a motion from Cody Delafuente’s attorney to remand his case to the grand jury for a redetermination of probable cause.

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019
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Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council will consider a resolution to officially oppose the county road project.

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019
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That’s what Rimrock Farmers Market Manager Candy Hammond says as she and the community’s farmers and gardeners prepare for opening day of the new market season.

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019
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The governing board at United Christian School has named Lynda Hilton interim administrator for the 2019-2020 school year.

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019
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June 11, the Mingus Union School Board voted 4-to-1 to approve the district’s proposed 2019-2020 budget.

By Bill Helm June 19, 2019

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