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Jason W. Brooks
Associate Editor

928-634-2241 Extension: 6034

jbrooks@verdenews.com

Jason W. Brooks is the associate editor for the Verde Independent and Camp Verde Bugle.

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COVID-19 results to Verde Valley: two-day turnaround typical
Molecular tests go to labs in Tempe, Flagstaff

Test-result turnaround times for COVID-19 have improved over the past few weeks, a Northern Arizona Healthcare official said Thursday. NAH’s chief quality officer, John Mougin, said turnaround from local laboratories has improved over the course of the month of March.

By Jason W. Brooks April 4, 2020
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Due to a recent rash of criminal damage and/or vandalism at the skate park located within Cottonwood’s Riverfront Park, the city has closed the skate park until further notice.

By Jason W. Brooks April 4, 2020
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A change in operations by the Arizona Department of Corrections could have a considerable impact on how county jails, including those in Yavapai County, conduct some business involving defendants and convicts in the weeks and months ahead.

By Jason W. Brooks April 2, 2020
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City and town governments are adjusting to Gov. Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” executive order, signed Monday.

By Jason W. Brooks April 1, 2020
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Yavapai County reports 24 total cases of COVID-19
Seventeen in Prescott/Quad Cities area; seven in Verde Valley

In its Tuesday, March 31 afternoon update, Yavapai County Community Health Services reported there were 24 positive cases of a COVID-19 positive virus diagnosis in Yavapai County — 17 residents in the Quad-Cities area and seven in the Verde Valley area.

By Jason W. Brooks March 31, 2020
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On March 20, Yavapai County announced a 72-year-old Sedona resident was the first presumptive positive in Yavapai County for the COVID-19 virus.

By Jason W. Brooks March 31, 2020
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For all the efforts of various officials to warn Americans to stay home and not inundate the usual tourist spots amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the message doesn’t appear to have reached many recent visitors to the Verde Valley.

By Jason W. Brooks March 31, 2020
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One Verde Valley fire department has temporarily stopped issuing burn permits of any kind as the COVID-19 pandemic has led first-responder agencies to keep resources available for medical responses.

By Jason W. Brooks March 31, 2020
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Clarkdale complex plan includes 72 apartments
Design Review Board hearing is next step

While Clarkdale’s Design Review Board doesn’t have any immediate plans to meet, when it finally does, one of the first items likely to be addressed will be a major project that would put a dent in the Verde Valley’s housing crisis.

By Jason W. Brooks March 31, 2020
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Law enforcement agencies that operate in northeastern Yavapai County have seen dips in a few statistical areas — and increases in a few others — since COVID-19 protocol and closures went into full force.

By Jason W. Brooks March 31, 2020

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