Brian M. Bergner Jr., editor for The Verde Independent in Cottonwood, Arizona, is an award-winning multimedia journalist who has worked in the media business for 20 years. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his family moved to Sedona, Arizona, in 1997 before graduating from Sedona Red Rock High School in 2001. Beginning his career as a student-assistant sports information director as early as 19, Bergner played NCAA Division III basketball for Concordia University Wisconsin before returning to Arizona in 2004. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations in December 2006, he worked as a sports writer and eventually a sports editor for more than a decade covering high school, college and professional sports. Joining The Daily Courier’s sports staff in 2015, Bergner eventually became a news/sports editor for The Verde Independent’s sister publication in Prescott, Arizona, in 2018. He and his wife Irma have three children, A.J., 9, Emma, 7, and a newborn, Henry. Bergner joined The Verde Independent in July 2021. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @52MediaWorks.
An Arizona Auditor General investigation has led to a former Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education superintendent and Arizona Department of Education program director being indicted on five felony counts related to the misuse of public monies and fraudulent schemes.
Two Cottonwood residents were arrested by police this week after one allegedly stole a vehicle and the other helped commit a burglary, according to a news release.
Good things come to those who wait. Well, not always. But for the City of Cottonwood, councilmembers sure look like they saved the taxpayer a pretty penny this time around.
Dan Cherry, director of the Yavapai County Public Works department, recently announced a Verde Valley community cleanup event scheduled for several dates in October and November.
The third week of September is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office teaming up with local resources to show parents how to not only install a car seat properly, but to review front seat rules.
Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman announced that the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District and the Mingus Union High School District are among four jurisdictions that will hold all-mail elections in November, according to a new release.
Football fans rejoice! The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 on the young season.
Verde Valley SWAT, along with the Partners Against Narcotics Taskforce, served a search warrant on a residence in the town limits of Camp Verde in the early hours of Monday morning, arresting four people on a multitude of charges, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
Kayden Boggess had 213 yards rushing and three touchdowns, Wyatt Parker threw for another score and the Camp Verde football team won its second straight contest with a 46-6 rout over Heritage Academy on Friday night.