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Brian M. Bergner Jr.

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Former VACTE superintendent indicted on 5 felony counts involving misuse of public money, fraud
Former state CTE program director also indicted after investigation links to VACTE spending issues

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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 24, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 23, 2021
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The Town of Prescott Valley announced late Wednesday that former longtime Mayor Harvey Skoog has died, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 23, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 23, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 23, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 22, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 22, 2021
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Football fans rejoice! The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 on the young season.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 21, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 21, 2021
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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.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 21, 2021
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Angelo Alvarez ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns, but the rival Eagles scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, including one with 8 seconds left, to stun Mingus 49-42 in the Walkup Skydome on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 20, 2021
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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, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 20, 2021
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It started with a simple question. “What are some ways that social media has impacted your life?”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 20, 2021
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The Jerome Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its 46th annual Halloween dance Saturday, Oct. 30, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 20, 2021
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Robert David Pearsall, a Yavapai County fugitive on the run for more than two years, was sentenced to nearly three decades in prison last week after he was convicted of attempted first degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault in 2018.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 20, 2021
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Yavapai County health officials reported 342 new cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths since the beginning of the week, according to a news release Friday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 17, 2021
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The Town of Camp Verde announced Thursday it was awarded a $2.5 million Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant, allowing construction crews to finally finish a $12 million sports complex project that started in 2018.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 16, 2021
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The Sedona Police Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two male suspects who broke into a local marijuana dispensary and stole several items before fleeing the scene, according to a news release Tuesday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 16, 2021
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Designed as a community-building campaign that promotes police-citizen partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make the Verde Valley safer, the 38th annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 15, 2021
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My Sunday column touched on President Joe Biden’s decision to mandate vaccinations for certain groups of workers in this country.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 14, 2021
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Quarterback Zach Harrison threw for two touchdowns, Angelo Alvarez ran for two more and the Mingus football team earned only their second shutout since 2017 with a 45-0 win over Youngker on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 13, 2021
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Jacob Oothoudt carried the ball 19 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns, Matthew Nechvil was just shy of 100 yards rushing with a score and the Camp Verde football team rebounded from an ugly loss a week ago with a 42-21 rout over Trivium Prep. on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 13, 2021
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In preparation for the 20th annual Thunder Valley Rally Music Festival this coming weekend, the City of Cottonwood and the Cottonwood Police Department announced park closures and traffic plans this week.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 13, 2021
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Northern Arizona Healthcare announced Monday that its “full workforce” is to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 13, 2021
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President Joe Biden decided to go “all in” this week, requiring not only all federal employees, but businesses across the country with more than 100 employees, to either get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 10, 2021
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Yavapai County Community Health Services reported 284 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths since Labor Day, according to a news release Friday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 10, 2021
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In effort to make Cottonwood a better place to live, police have partnered with a phone app called Neighbors to help keep the local community safe.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 10, 2021
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Due to a surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19 cases, Northern Arizona Healthcare has opened an outdoor exam and testing site in Camp Verde, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 10, 2021
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A 29-year-old woman who was arrested for multiple felony warrants and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and hundreds of blue fentanyl pills was sentenced to three years in prison this week, according to a news release Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 9, 2021
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The Cottonwood City Council unanimously approved under consent agenda the continuation of funding for the water conservation education program for local schools.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 9, 2021
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Yavapai County Development Services Director Dave Williams has submitted a letter of resignation.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 9, 2021
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Benefitting youth tennis in the Verde Valley, the 2021 Oxendale Auto Group Championship is scheduled for late September, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 9, 2021
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Yavapai County Community Health Services reported 342 new cases of COVID-19 since Labor Day weekend, according to the county’s data dashboard Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 9, 2021
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A 26-year-old Clarkdale man who allegedly broke into two homes and fired 17 shots from a rifle was arrested on Labor Day, according to a Clarkdale Police Department news release Monday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 8, 2021
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In effort to honor the 412 emergency workers who died after responding to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, members of the first responders community in the Verde Valley plan to take a lap.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 7, 2021
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This Saturday, Sept. 11, marks the 20th anniversary since 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes with the sole intent of crashing them into prominent American buildings with a goal of destruction and causing mass casualties.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 7, 2021
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When the terrorist attacks took place Sept. 11, 2001, my first reaction to my college roommate was, “You’re crazy.”

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 7, 2021
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Quarterback Zach Harrison threw for 135 yards and two touchdowns, but the Mingus football team had no answer for a 27-point second quarter by the Chiefs in a 48-25 loss to Thunderbird on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 6, 2021
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Jacob Oothoudt had 13 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown but the Camp Verde football team had 13 penalties for 108 yards and lost two fumbles, one coming inside their opponents’ 5-yardline, in a 19-8 loss to Holbrook on Friday night.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 6, 2021
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Usually, most Americans celebrate Labor Day with parties, cookouts, street parades and athletic events as the three-day weekend symbolizes the end of summer.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 3, 2021
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Yavapai County Community Health Services reported 453 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths in five days, according to a news release Friday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 3, 2021
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Denny’s General Manager Christine Hansen woke up one morning this week looking to honor the 13 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan during a suicide bombing.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 2, 2021
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It’s been three years since the Mingus football team has looked anything like the program local fans have become accustomed to cheering on.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 2, 2021
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Devin Lee Sprecher, 33, of Cottonwood, was arrested on multiple alleged felony domestic violence related charges after a standoff with Verde Valley SWAT on the 100 block of South 9th Street, according to a news release Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 2, 2021
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The Yavapai College volleyball team is making a trip to the Verde Valley to play two upcoming matches at Mingus Union High School in September, according to a news release Thursday.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 2, 2021
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A Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue unit was able to save two lost hikers near the Pine Mountain area, but not without surviving a helicopter crash first.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 2, 2021
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On the run for allegedly stabbing another man in the neck, James “Bobo” Patton was arrested last week, according to a news release Monday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. September 1, 2021
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Yavapai County Community Health Services reported 366 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths since Aug. 27, according to the YCCHS dashboard Tuesday afternoon.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 31, 2021
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Yavapai College recently announced a new three-year pilot program that’s going to change the game when it comes to education in our community.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 31, 2021
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Despite COVID-19 numbers still on the rise, all Yavapai County buildings were reopened to the public Monday, according to a news release.

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. August 30, 2021

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