CLARKDALE – The Town of Clarkdale wraps-up 2016 with a blossoming festival scene, recognition for its environmental and historic preservation and an uptick in housing and business development.
JEROME – The Town of Jerome managed to not only survive, but thrive in 2016. Despite its infrastructure woes, it earned recognition by the Arizona Office of Tourism as the second most visited site in the Verde Valley (next to Sedona).
CLARKDALE – A new website entitled “Experienceclarkdale.com” has been launched by the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance in the hopes of promoting and facilitating local tourism.
TEMPE – A survey of 13 to 17-year-olds by Junior Achievement (JA) and Opinion Research Corporation revealed over half (51 percent) expect to pay more than $100 on gifts, with one in seven (15 percent) saying they plan to spend $250 or more.
At 7:48 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941, over 350 Japanese fighter planes, bombers and torpedo planes descended on the U.S. Pacific Fleet docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By the end of the two hour sneak attack, 2,403 Americans lay dead and 1,178 had suffered wounds. Nearly half the casualties occurred aboard the ship USS Arizona.
Retailers are anticipating a $25 billion hike in holiday sales this year compared to last, with sales expected to rise from $631 billion to $656 billion, according to The National Retail Federation (NRF).
Newly-elected Council member Dee Jenkins, general manager/financial analyst at Quintus Inc. in Camp Verde, announced the Nov. 3 passing of Quintus Founder and Chairman of the Board Dick Cook, 87 during her first meeting Nov. 16.
Camp Verde Town Council celebrated welcomes and farewells during its Nov. 16 meeting as the Oath of Office was given to new-elects and Certificates of Recognition to those departing office.
Members of town council were sworn-in during the Nov. 8 meeting of Town of Jerome council, with outgoing Mayor Lew Currier swapping seats with incoming Mayor Frank Vander Horst.
What is described as an historic general election nevertheless drew 20 percent fewer voters in Arizona this year. Barely 55 percent voted in 2016, 74 percent in 2012 and 78 percent in 2008 according to the Arizona Secretary of State.
Gasps erupted at a Nov. 8 Jerome council meeting when Kristin Uhlman, consulting hydrogeologist and executive editor, National Ground Water Association unveiled a chart revealing stark changes in precipitation and temperature that appear to be effecting the town’s current and future water supply.
Election results for District 6 State Senate candidate Democrat Nikki Check Bagley showed her within 100 votes of incumbent Republican Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen in Yavapai County voting- - but shy the 2,816 statewide votes needed to claim the seat from her, according to the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office.
The days of ripping an off-road vehicle into the nearby open range, shooting-off a couple rounds and chucking an empty can may be fading - - especially if the site is being encroached by subdivisions and found to be contaminated.
Arizona has earned the dubious ranking of 13th most overweight state in the U.S., according to research website WalletHub.com, rising three places over last year’s ranking of 16 out of 51.
Mayor Lew Currier will give his outgoing remarks Tuesday, Nov. 8. as a new mayor of Jerome is elected by council - - traditionally, the top-vote getter from the Aug. 30 primary.
CLARKDALE – At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Town of Clarkdale will hear an update on Yavapai College’s Verde Valley Campus by Dr. James Perey.
Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman would like to remind voters that all early ballots need to be submitted to the Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, a vote center or a drop-box no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Updated floodplain mapping and decreased government subsidies are going to make flood insurance more expensive in the Verde Valley, as well as more likely to be required.
CLARKDALE – The public learns of still another environmental cleanup during a Prescott National Forest informational open house Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse to discuss the effects of its Blowout Creek Project on the Town of Clarkdale.
CLARKDALE –The Town of Clarkdale was presented with a 2016 Program Excellence Award in Community Sustainability from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) during the Oct. 25 council meeting.
JEROME – For those wishing to pay their respects to a Jerome icon, The Don Robertson Memorial has been announced for Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town softball field.
VERDE VALLEY – SedonaKind.org is a group of volunteers who believes that each act of kindness, no matter how small, can create an unforeseen ripple effect that can make the world a better place to live.
With high-profile UFO sightings such as the Paradise Valley UFO crash, the Phoenix Lights and the Travis Walton Abduction making global headlines, Arizona was ripe for a cataloging of incidents under one cover.
The fate of the Sliding Jail in Jerome remains a slippery slope, despite an Oct. 25 council meeting that was intended to bring both sides together on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding.
VERDE VALLEY – The 2nd Annual Cottonwood Comic Book Show - ‘The Sequel Awakens’ returns Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 412 N. 10th St., Cottonwood. Featured are comic creators, comic book vendors and a variety of panels.
Living along the Verde River offers a world of possibilities; however, one of these possibilities includes flooding. Due to recent changes in the mapping of flood plains, a FEMA Stakeholder Workshop Seminar is being held Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center.
During its Annual Speaker Event at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Oct. 21, the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) received a forecast by Rounds Consulting Group giving a glimpse of sunlight even as economic clouds continue to roll-in.
Don Robertson’s engine may have stopped revving on Monday, but the pistons that he brought to Jerome will continue to ring out throughout the valley as his family says the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town will remain open and operating as a tribute to the man’s life-long work.
Despite a solid contingent of civic-minded youth seeking to ban tobacco sales to those under the age of 21, Clarkdale Town Council decided to delay a vote on the proposed ordinance until its concerns could be clarified at its next regular meeting.
CLARKDALE – A briefing on the replacement of possible tainted soil resulting from historic smelting operations in Clarkdale took place at an Oct. 11 town council meeting. Project Manager Alicia Voss of Freeport Minerals Corporation presented a map of the affected area and answered questions on the minds of residents.
CLARKDALE – When the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance (NAZBA) International Blues Competition (IBC) was announced as a “rain or shine” event, Mother Nature chose “rain” - - but that didn’t stop a record crowd from enjoying the Oct. 8 event at Clarkdale Town Park.
JEROME - During an emergency meeting June 22, the Jerome Town Council imposed mandatory water restrictions effective immediately as they struggle with half-empty water tanks continuing to deplete at a rate of half a foot a day.
The Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in a performance of "Voices of the Verde" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Sedona Heritage Museum.
The Gypsy Jam open mic, one of the busiest and dynamic performance events in Sedona, encourages classical musicians to test their improv skills in front of a live audience every Monday at The Gypsy lounge at Ken's Creekside.