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Kelcie Grega

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Commentary: Thank you, Verde Valley: A rookie reporter’s farewell

I moved to the Verde Valley from Las Vegas, Nevada, almost two years ago because I wanted the opposite of Vegas.

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Something old, something new: Couple hopes hotel will spark revitalization in Clarkdale

The two-story building on at the corner of Main Street and 10th in Clarkdale has undergone a lot of transformations over the last 100 years.

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Jerome renews contract with town attorney

Town Manager Candace Gallagher said Sims is one of the best attorney’s she has worked with in her two decades of service in local government.

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Cottonwood to raise wastewater fees

COTTONWOOD – While some members of Cottonwood City Council believe they’ve inherited a $14 million wastewater problem, most could agree that a gradual increase in wastewater rates is necessary to meet long-term capital needs.

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18 pounds of meth hidden in vehicle found after K9 Alert

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputies found 18 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on Wednesday, April 3.

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County P&Z to consider Page Springs Cellars expansion

COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider approving an expansion of Page Springs Cellars in Cornville Thursday at the Yavapai County annex building in Cottonwood.

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Man crashes stolen car into Verde Village home

According to YCSO, Area missed a right turn on East Mesa Drive and collided into the residence. A woman inside the house was injured in the collision.

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Cottonwood to discuss water, wastewater fee increases Tuesday

In a study conducted by staff, they concluded “ … that small adjustments in years 2-5 over the next 5-year period would support the system’s operation and maintenance programs as well as equipment replacements at current or improved levels.”

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Paid parking in Jerome still on hold

Town directs staff get more information on parking kiosks

The Jerome Town Council still wasn’t ready to move forward on whether to implement parking kiosks as of Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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Jerome continues agreement with Prescott Law Group despite controversy with prosecutor

Tuesday, Jerome Town Council continued their agreement to work with Prescott Law Group despite controversies related to Andrew Jolley, their town prosecutor.

School district consolidation bill takes another step forward

Thursday, the school district consolidation bill, Senate Bill 1073, passed House Committee of the Whole and its third read in the House of Representatives on a 53-7 vote.

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Fun or cruel? Part 3: Circus owners say they love their animals

Activists say facts point to abuse

When it comes to the best interest of exotic animals involved in traveling circus performances, both circus workers and animal rights activists feel they know what’s right.

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Cottonwood explores waste, recycling options

Council, staff express concern over trucks causing wear to roads

Tuesday, Cottonwood City Council explored different options in its waste and recycling management during a work session.

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Traffic stop leads to meth, heroin bust

Both packages were wrapped in shrink wrap and coated with axle grease and what appeared to be cayenne pepper, according to YCSO.

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FUN OR CRUEL? Part 2: Activist says traveling circuses have roots in cruelty, neglect

CAMP VERDE -- The circus is back in the Verde Valley with the intent of bringing wonder and entertainment to all who attend. Local animal rights activists, however, say the circus brings nothing but “cruelty” and “neglect” to its animal performers.

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Drawn to life: Longtime animator, director to showcase work at Sedona show

He told me of his life with the Yellow Submarine but Ron Campbell has much more to show in his 50-year body of work as an animator, director and producer.

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Open for business: Corbin, Faust talk economic development goals for Cottonwood

Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin and new Economic Development Director Richard Faust say Cottonwood is “open for business.” Last month, Casey Rooney announced his retirement after a decade of service. Faust, who originally served as the city’s community services general manager, has now taken Rooney’s place.

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Mathews: Cottonwood council, staff not ‘terribly concerned’ with resident complaints about airport noise

Cottonwood City Council Member Michael Mathews used his private email Monday to rally local citizens to speak on the other side of the airport noise complaint issue.

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Cottonwood approves strategic plan

Airport discussion anticipated in April 13 public meeting

Airport discussion anticipated in April 13 public meeting

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Cottonwood to spend $24K for community clubhouse curtains

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to allocate $24,000 in undesignated reserves for new window curtains for the Cottonwood Community Clubhouse.

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Cottonwood urged to allocate funds for homeless needs

COTTONWOOD -- Verde Valley Homeless Coalition Director Raena Avalon urged Cottonwood City Council Tuesday to consider the homeless population while planning the city budget over the next few months.

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Commentary: A comprehensive guide to navigating 'fake news'

Having a certain level of media literacy and critical thinking skills is key to navigating through this churning sea of lies, echo chambers and — dare I mention it again? — “fake news.” Journalists are trained to view every new fact that comes their way with scrutiny. You can, too.

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Paul Rosenfeld and the ‘music of life’

Lifelong musician talks history of ‘togetherness’

Ever since Paul Rosenfeld was a young boy in Austria, he has always been interested in “musical things.”

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22 Years Later: Jan. 8, 2020, trial date firmly set in Marisol Gonzalez murder case

PRESCOTT -- A new trial date has been set for Cecilio Cruz -- the man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Marisol Gonzalez 22 years ago.

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Thunder Valley Rally: How much did it cost in 2018?

Thunder Valley Rally came out at a marginal loss for the city in 2018 and the attendance was down, according to the annual statistical report.

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Where do seized drugs go? Here’s what happens to evidence, assets after a bust

Local law enforcement agencies say meth is on the rise again. There have already been several large drug busts in Yavapai County just this year. Thursday, Prescott Valley police officers found 52 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on Interstate 17.

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UPDATE: Man arrested in Rimrock accused of killing his wife

Duran, 28 was arrested on first-degree homicide and aggravated assault with deadly weapon charges after his 35-year-old wife was found with several stab wounds in Doney Park.

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Meth Impact: Cottonwood rise in meth investigations reflect countywide trend

By 2011, meth-related felonies in Yavapai County dropped down to 1,895 from 2,739 in 2005. But in 2012, crimes started to gradually increase again and in 2018, numbers spiked back up to 2,502.

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Cottonwood explores mitigating aircraft noise

Neighbors say airport a threat to Cottonwood’s ‘quality of life’

the airport was here first. “The beacon at the Cottonwood Airport is one of the oldest structures in the city”

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Cottonwood seeking applicants for open board positions, volunteers

The City of Cottonwood is seeking applicants for vacant seats on its Board of Adjustment and Historic Preservation Commission.

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Homicide suspect arrested in Rimrock

At 9:30 a.m., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said YCSO units now have the suspect in custody in Cornville. CCSO detectives are now on the scene.

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Clarkdale reviewing applicants for town manager position

The town will now go through the process of narrowing 68 applications down to four to six candidates, according to current Town Manager Gayle Mabery.

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LISTEN: 4 things you need to know about the fourth annual Verde Valley Comic Expo

Cosplayers, comic book fans, artists and anyone in between will have the chance to support their local library Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South Sixth Street.

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Cottonwood to look at Thunder Valley Rally statistical analysis

The annual Thunder Valley Rally event operated at a loss to the city in 2018 but by small margin, according to Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin.

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Former Jerome council member urges Jerome citizens to be patient during paid parking talks

Bachrach reiterated that the issues isn’t if the infrastructure fails – “it’s when.”

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WATCH: Full interview with U.S. Senator Martha McSally

U.S. Senator Martha McSally made a stop in Cottonwood Friday during her 15-county “two ears, one mouth" tour. She met with community leaders and stakeholders at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce building to learn about major issues facing the Verde Valley. We got to catch up for a few minutes to talk about what she learned, as well as water policy, the Cottonwood Land Exchange and more.

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CLIP: U.S. Senator Martha McSally talks key issues facing the Verde Valley

U.S. Senator Martha McSally visited the Verde Valley Friday as part of her 15-county “two ears, one mouth" tour. The purpose of the tour is for her to get to know as many communities as possible and figure out ways they can be helped at the federal level.

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UPDATE: Waterline construction to cause closures along Mingus and Main delayed

Due to the recent rains earlier this week the Contractor has had to push back the start date for the waterline work at the intersection of Mingus Avenue and Main Street. The current start date has been pushed back two days and will not begin on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. As previously mentioned, the nature of the work is weather dependent and may be subject to delays. Please exercise caution and obey all traffic control signs while traveling in the area.

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Jerome Council rescinds four-year staggered terms for town council

JEROME – Although narrowly approved by voters last August, Jerome Town Council decided Tuesday to rescind four-year terms staggered terms.

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New magistrate for the Cottonwood?

Cottonwood narrows magistrate candidates to five

COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood City Council may choose a new presiding magistrate.

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President Trump signs Gosar-sponsored land exchange package

In the exchange, the Coconino National Forest receives 369 acres of Yavapai County land while the county gets 83 acres of forest land in Cornville, according to Gosar’s office. The parcel is not contiguous or adjacent to any other forest or state land and is surrounded by either private or county land.

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NWS: Moderate rain forecast through Wednesday

The National Weather Service forecasts moderate showers through Wednesday.

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Cottonwood to review strategic plan during work session Tuesday

The city’s strategic plan is intended to “guide decisions at all levels of the organization,” staff documents state.

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Jerome parking ‘workforce’ closer to compromise

Item slated to appear on April council agenda

Jerome Fire Chief Rusty Blair said the town needs millions in revenue just to maintain the community.

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Commentary: Why not consider a comparative religions course?

A comparative religions course would also be a great opportunity for schools to partner with various religious leaders and scholars in the area, and have them come in as guest speakers. The Verde Valley and surrounding areas are actually quite diverse if you know where to look.

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Jackie Nairn selected to fill empty Cottonwood City Council seat.

Cottonwood City Council unanimously chose Jackie Nairn to fill the empty seat left by Kyla Allen Thursday during a special session.

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Casey Rooney to retire from the city of Cottonwood after 12 years of service

Cottonwood Economic Development Director turned in his resignation Friday

Cottonwood Economic Development Director Casey Rooney will be retiring from the city, effective April 1.

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Local fire authorities warn of potential PAC scam

Local fire and EMS authorities are warning citizens of a possible Political Action Committee scam supposedly soliciting donations to help “our nation’s firefighters.”

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Get paid: What you need to know about the Verde Valley Job and Volunteer Fair

The premier job fair of the Verde Valley is set to return again this year on Wednesday, April 3, at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

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Officers find $36,000 worth of meth under truck during traffic stop

The estimated street value of the meth is approximately $36,000.00, according to YCSO.

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