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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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I sat at the table with my family during Thanksgiving dinner this week and I couldn’t help but realize how lucky I really am.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 26, 2021
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The Arizona Thespian Society recently announced the “Best Musical” award to the ATORT Theatre troupe at Mingus Union High school for the 2021-22 school year.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 24, 2021
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The holiday season typically produces the largest chunk of revenue for many small businesses across the country every year, but with COVID-19 pandemic and a shortage of workers, everyone is working harder than ever to support their community.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 24, 2021
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A 19-year-old man wanted for aggravated assault with a weapon and other felony charges out of Coconino County was arrested Tuesday after barricading himself inside a home, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 23, 2021
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State health officials announced that everyone 18 and older is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, according to a news release Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 22, 2021
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State health officials are stressing to families everywhere that it’s more important than ever to plan ahead for a safe and happy gathering during Thanksgiving next week.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 19, 2021
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The family of Jody Makuch, a commander with the Cottonwood Police Department who was killed by a drunk driver last year, may finally get some closure after a Yavapai County judge sentenced the man responsible for killing him to 15 years in prison Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 19, 2021
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A tractor-trailer collided with a freightliner traveling northbound on Interstate 17 early Thursday morning, causing it to break through the guardrail and plunge 300 feet down an embankment before catching fire, according to police.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 18, 2021
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A woman who hung out the passenger window of a car and pointed a firearm at another driver during a road rage incident was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison by a Yavapai County judge Wednesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 18, 2021
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Norm Newell recently won a two-day, 36-hole President’s Cup Championship at Verde Santa Fe Golf Course in October, making it his third championship in a year to complete a “Career Slam.”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 17, 2021
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The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office is investigating the death of a 16-year-old male who was found deceased under an overpass on Interstate 17 late Tuesday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 17, 2021
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When Yavapai County Community Health Services announced this week that teens by far have the lowest vaccination rate among all age groups when it comes to its vaccination status against COVID-19, I was actually a bit surprised.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 16, 2021
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With a 16:20 time in the 5K, Mingus junior Cesar Diaz claimed the individual Division III state championship, outpacing the next-place finisher by more than 5 seconds Saturday morning.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 15, 2021
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Updated data from Yavapai County Community Health Services shows that only 2.1% of teenagers ages 13 to 17 who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past six-plus months were actually vaccinated, according to a report.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 15, 2021
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Author Zack Martin and artist Brittany Sundance have combined to offer a new children’s book inspired by the beauty of Sedona and the current COVID-19 era called “A Trust Poem,” according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 15, 2021
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The Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting next week to review exterior modifications to an historic building that at one time was home to a bank, police department and jail for the City of Cottonwood.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 12, 2021
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With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Yavapai County health officials are pushing for more testing.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 12, 2021
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A 36-year-old Colorado man was arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct after he walked toward a bar with an AR15 rifle, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 11, 2021
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Mingus Union High School District Superintendent Mike Westcott announced that due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among staff and students, school will be closed Friday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 11, 2021
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Born and raised in Prescott, Jesse M. Lee was drafted into the U.S. Navy and was sent to boot camp in San Diego in 1951 at just 17 years of age.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 11, 2021
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Forgoing several college scholarship offers, Richard Stanley Farrington decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. He was just 17.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 11, 2021
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After serving his country for 36 years as part of the Arizona Army National Guard, Lt. Col. James L. McMeekin was forced to retire on his birthday at the age of 55.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 11, 2021
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A 27-year-old Cottonwood man was arrested on multiple charges after he allegedly attempted to intentionally collide with another vehicle on the road and later punched a police officer while resisting arrest, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 10, 2021
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A couple hiking Cathedral Rock this past weekend became lost after dark and needed to be led back to their vehicle by Verde Search and Rescue, according to a news release Tuesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 10, 2021
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I’ve always said that getting the opportunity to work on a newspaper special edition for Veterans Day is one of the highlights of my year. And this year, once again, it didn’t disappoint.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 9, 2021
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Making their first postseason appearance in a decade, the Camp Verde football team gave everything they had in round one of the 2A state playoffs, but it wasn’t enough in a 28-0 loss to No. 11 St. Johns on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 8, 2021
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Yavapai County health officials updated their vaccinated versus unvaccinated COVID-19 chart this week, revealing that 86.9% of new coronavirus cases since May 1 have come from unvaccinated individuals.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 8, 2021
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A man found dead inside his car along Interstate 17 near Sedona was labeled “suspicious” by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety officers, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 8, 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave their nod for children ages 5 to 11 to begin receiving the pediatric Pfizer vaccine to help prevent COVID-19, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 5, 2021
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In one of the closer mail-in ballot elections a Verde Valley resident could see, the Mingus Union High School District budget override continuation request passed by only 82 votes.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 3, 2021
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Tyrone Bell was laid to rest Monday with his family, friends and hundreds of firefighters at his side.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 2, 2021
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Yavapai County health officials announced a tentative schedule for Pfizer vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 in the Verde Valley starting Tuesday, Nov. 9, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 1, 2021
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Construction on Mingus Ave. continues to ramp up as the City of Cottonwood announced new closures in the coming weeks, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 1, 2021
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Quarterback Jacob Oothoudt carried the ball 19 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns, Kayden Boggess added a score and the Camp Verde football team wrapped up the 2021 regular season with a 38-18 win over Glendale Preparatory on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 1, 2021
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Angelo Alvarez had 12 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns, but the Mingus football team struggled to stop a Lee Williams offense that scored 28 unanswered points in a 49-31 loss on homecoming Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. November 1, 2021
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The Cottonwood City Council unanimously approved two new homebuyer assistance programs at their regular meeting Oct. 19 to help jumpstart the housing economy in the Verde Valley, and give its residents more purchasing power.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 29, 2021
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With Halloween falling on a Sunday this year, the normal trick-or-treat trip to a local neighborhood event, or even the neighbor’s front porch with the kids, may not suffice.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 29, 2021
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A 38-year-old Cottonwood man is wanted for dangerous drug and paraphernalia possession and three counts of felony flight after fleeing from police at a local grocery store.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 28, 2021
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A two-story, 15,000-square foot structure containing six businesses and an apartment were saved from disaster thanks to the quick response of the Jerome Police and Fire departments, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 28, 2021
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Although pediatricians across the state are beginning to offer advance COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ages 5 to 11, Yavapai County offices are not at that point, yet.

By SARA EDWARDS, Cronkite News October 28, 2021
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Firefighter Tyrone Bell, who died in the line of duty earlier this month due to complications from COVID-19, will be laid to rest Monday, Nov. 1, according to Verde Valley Fire District Chief Danny Johnson.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 27, 2021
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A Troupe of Ridiculous Thespians (ATORT), made up of Mingus Union High School students, recently announced their newest musical performance, “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 27, 2021
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The Clarkdale Town Council recently announced the selection of Susan Guthrie as their next town manager.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 26, 2021
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For more than a year and a half, the pandemic has caused stress in many households.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 26, 2021
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Quarterback Jacob Oothoudt ran 24 times for 135 yards and four touchdowns and the Camp Verde football team scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to beat Veritas Preparatory 36-16 on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 25, 2021
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Quarterback Zach Harrison completed 10 of 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, but the Mingus football team surrendered 21 unanswered points to start the game in a 28-14 loss to region rival Coconino on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 25, 2021
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When I woke up Saturday morning to check the news with my morning tea, my last stop was VerdeNews.com to make sure all was in order for our readers.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 23, 2021
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Soon children ages 5 to 11 will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and Yavapai County Community Health Services announced Friday that they’re ready for it.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 22, 2021
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In order to encourage local residents to be prepared for the flu season, Yavapai County announced another flu shot clinic in the Verde Valley coming this week, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 22, 2021
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A new multi-family development proposal in the heart of the city called the “6th Street Lofts” took another big step forward this week toward becoming a reality for the residents of Cottonwood.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. October 21, 2021

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