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CAMP VERDE – Once the Town of Camp Verde awards a contract for sidewalk improvements along Hollamon and 7th streets, the project should take about four months to complete.

By Bill Helm June 16, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael Bluff has extended the state’s deadline to June 21 to respond to a motion from Cody Delafuente’s attorney to remand his domestic violence case to the grand jury for a redetermination of probable cause.

By Bill Helm June 14, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – In January, a 32-year-old Cottonwood woman was arrested on burglary and theft charges of an Old Town business.

By Bill Helm June 14, 2019
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From 7 a.m. until just before parade time, come have pancakes, sausage and coffee at Rollins Park, located at the Lake Montezuma Village Square, across from the Ranch House.

By Bill Helm June 14, 2019
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Mingus Union mum on new superintendent, consolidation election, Bateman restitution
Board directs attorney to ‘act according to instructions’ from Tuesday’s executive session

But who to employ as superintendent was not addressed, at least not in open session, as Board President Lori Drake motioned that district counsel Susan Segal “act according to our instructions in executive session.”

By Bill Helm June 12, 2019
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‘Blessings in a backpack’ at Old Town Mission
Operation: Back to School July 27 at Verde Community Church

Old Town Mission is already making plans for this year’s Operation: Back to School.

By Bill Helm June 11, 2019
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A longtime teacher and administrator in the Sedona school district has agreed to become principal at American Heritage Academy’s Camp Verde campus.

By Bill Helm June 11, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – With two years under his belt at Mingus Union High School, freshman physical education teacher Dave Moncibaez can thank his father for his career choice.

By Bill Helm June 11, 2019
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Firefighters with the Coconino National Forest plan this week to conduct two prescribed burns south of Flagstaff.

By Bill Helm June 11, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Tuesday, the Mingus Union School Board will go into executive session to consider employing a superintendent – and to consider terms of that superintendent’s contract.

By Bill Helm June 11, 2019
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Smoke from the fire filled the Verde Valley over the weekend, but “winds should shift” by 11 a.m. Monday from the southwest to the northeast. The shifting direction of the wind “should shift the smoke away from the Verde Valley,” Barnett said.

By Bill Helm June 10, 2019
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The third time is the charm for Stan Rose, career-wise that is.

By Bill Helm June 10, 2019
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CHARLES CITY, Iowa – Not too many people receive a standing ovation at their high school graduation ceremony.

By Bill Helm June 6, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – On May 28, charges were officially dismissed – without prejudice – against Mesa resident Cher Loken who was arrested for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine to a man charged with murder.

By Bill Helm June 6, 2019
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Of the five recommended options, each utilizes Beaverhead Flat Road as a connector, with two options also using Coury Drive, two using Old HWY 279 and one using Thousand Trails Road. Three of the five options would use existing roundabouts on SR 260. But the two options using Old HWY 279, according to Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison, would require a new roundabout on SR 260.

By Bill Helm June 5, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Mingus Union’s internal search for its next superintendent yielded one applicant, Board President Lori Drake said Tuesday.

By Bill Helm June 4, 2019
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“My family has been in education for many generations,” said Miller, who teaches second- and third-grade students at Camp Verde’s United Christian School.

By Bill Helm June 4, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – The Camp Verde United Christian School’s governing board has announced that it will not renew lead administrator Kathy Holden’s contract for the 2019-2020 school year.

By Bill Helm June 4, 2019
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VERDE VALLEY – Nobody was injured in a motor home fire Saturday on I-17 at milepost 301.

By Bill Helm June 4, 2019
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Attorneys for the Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools filed a Motion for Relief from Judgment to allow the consolidation of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts to be part of the November 2020 general election, instead of a November 2019 special election.

By Bill Helm June 3, 2019
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In August 2018, John Teah of JT Bistro was making plans to open a second restaurant, which would be located in the old Ming House building at 348 S. Main St.

By Bill Helm June 1, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Verde Ranch RV Resort, the 402-unit recreational vehicle complex located on the northwest side of I-17 and SR 260, is “on track” for opening on its Aug. 1 target date, said Lisa Harold, chief operating officer with Contemporary Resorts and Residences.

By Bill Helm June 1, 2019
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CLARKDALE – Yavapai College has budgeted about $4.9 million of the college’s strategic planning for a one-year project to remodel Building L on the Clarkdale campus.

By Bill Helm June 1, 2019
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Mike Westcott has applied for the position.

By Bill Helm May 31, 2019
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On May 28, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Michael R. Bluff ordered the charges against the 47-year-old Loken be dismissed without prejudice, meaning the state could again bring those charges against Loken.

By Bill Helm May 30, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Though being educated is its own reward, Verde Valley libraries are all on-board with making reading fun.

By Bill Helm May 30, 2019
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The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board agreed that King shouldn’t be on a one-year agreement any longer, Eric Marcus said.

By Bill Helm May 28, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Looking back on her 26-year career as an educator, Valley Academy’s Laurie Lozano said she wanted to be a teacher “as far back as I can remember.”

By Bill Helm May 28, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde’s Public Works department has plans “in the next week or so” to “clean up” the water catchment basin on Cliffs Parkway, Public Works Director Ron Long said.

By Bill Helm May 28, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Every little bit counts. Last year, Mingus Union graduates received a collective $4,487,346 at the school’s annual scholarship and academic awards ceremony.

By Bill Helm May 25, 2019
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VERDE VALLEY – This summer, Beaver Creek, Cottonwood-Oak Creek and Mingus Union school districts will partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Summer Food Service Program to offer free meals to children ages 17 and younger.

By Bill Helm May 25, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Carmen Howard made it clear Wednesday that Camp Verde’s town staff “does support” Dugan McDonald’s plan to develop 185 acres along SR 260 into a residential and commercial community.

By Bill Helm May 23, 2019
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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – John Cornelius was dedicated to helping Yavapai County’s disabled veterans.

By Bill Helm May 23, 2019
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Leading up to Gov. Ducey signing Senate Bill 1073 on April 22, much-sought appropriation language was removed that promised $50,000 to help offset school district consolidation transition costs.

By Bill Helm May 23, 2019
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MCGUIREVILLE – For the sixth year in a row, McGuireville will celebrate Memorial Day with its Memorial Day Tractor and Engine Show, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

By Bill Helm May 23, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – Mingus Union High School celebrates its 273 graduates this Friday at 7 p.m. on the school’s football field – Bright Field.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Should the Camp Verde Town Council approve a request to rezone 185 acres on the south side of SR 260 just west of Aultman Parkway, most any socioeconomic group would be able to afford quality housing in Camp Verde.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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COTTONWOOD – On a 4-to-0 vote, the Mingus Union School Board decided that Justin Hartman will become the high school’s second assistant principal.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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Valley Academy fire science named outstanding CTE program
Instructor Steve Darby has ‘opened the door’ for Verde Valley students to gain career skills

COTTONWOOD – The Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona has recognized Valley Academy’s fire science program – and instructor Steve Darby – as the state’s outstanding career and technical education program for 2019.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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CLARKDALE – In the words of Steve Doerksen, Angela Russell is “who she is.”

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – A 23-year-old man charged with the first-degree murder of his father in October 2015 at Fossil Creek will stand trial in January.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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LAKE MONTEZUMA – Kay and Ralph Nye will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on May 25.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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When Yavapai County residents receive their ‘I voted’ sticker next year, they’ll have a 50-50 shot at getting sticker designed by Camp Verde High School senior Logan Pratt.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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Judge Bluff changes Bateman’s felony plea to misdemeanor
Former Mingus Union executive assistant on unsupervised probation for tampering with public record

record charge should be a class 1 misdemeanor, and that Bateman should pay fines and serve 18 months of unsupervised probation.

By Bill Helm May 21, 2019
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Camp Verde High School to graduate 85 seniors Thursday
Graduates receive $1.5 million in awards, scholarships

With 81 graduates this year and another four from the district’s accommodation school, Camp Verde High School does not recognize the title of valedictorian, nor salutatorian.

By Bill Helm May 20, 2019
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Thursday, the district’s posting for a new superintendent went live, according to Mingus Union School Board President Lori Drake.

By Bill Helm May 18, 2019
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Kai Evan Keller, 36, is back in Cottonwood after having been released from the Yavapai County Jail, according to a May 17 press release from Kuhlt.

By Bill Helm May 17, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – With a 5-to-2 vote Wednesday, the Camp Verde Town Council approved the Camp Verde Arena Association’s request for an additional $50,000 to build its equestrian center.

By Bill Helm May 16, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – Camp Verde’s Parks and Recreation department announced Tuesday that Cornfest will definitely be back in 2019.

By Bill Helm May 16, 2019

Arizona Jr. and Sr. High School will celebrate the end of its first year when it graduates 35 high school seniors at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Camp Verde Community Center gymnasium.

By Bill Helm May 15, 2019

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