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Vyto Starinskas

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Under a large white tent and crisp blue sky, generations of families, many toting a posse of excited children, arrived for the Groseta Ranch Centennial Celebration dressed in cowboy hats, jeans and leather boots.

By Vyto Starinskas December 1, 2022
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Misty Cox became the new member of the Mingus Union School Board on Monday, Nov. 28, but she was not sworn in.

By Vyto Starinskas November 30, 2022
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The Jerome Town Council wants to develop a Northern Arizona Healthcare-supported “doc in a box” style clinic in the tiny community.

By Vyto Starinskas November 30, 2022
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The Christmas parade is a time of joy in Cottonwood, and police are planning to make sure the Grinch does not steal Christmas.

By Vyto Starinskas November 27, 2022
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It’s a big mission for a small food pantry.

By Vyto Starinskas November 27, 2022
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Ten ideas for shop-local gift-giving this year.

By Vyto Starinskas November 24, 2022
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The cool thing about shopping in Old Town is that many of the businesses are “locally owned and operated, mom and pop shops,” explained Andrea Schultz Director of Operations of the Greater Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.

By Vyto Starinskas November 24, 2022
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The City Council approved the design phase services for the rebuilding of the Cottonwood Airport taxiway.

By Vyto Starinskas November 23, 2022
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The Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a special meeting at the Cottonwood Recreation Center concerning the 152 multi-family dwelling project behind Walmart.

By Vyto Starinskas November 23, 2022
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An incident with a teacher, during which a student allegedly was “dragged” by the hoodie on Nov. 9, was investigated by the Clarkdale-Jerome School administration, but parents of several students said those concerns have not been addressed properly.

By Vyto Starinskas November 23, 2022
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Officers from Camp Verde Marshal’s Office helped recover two stolen vehicles from unrelated cases at the same time late Tuesday morning, both of which were involved in crimes at the same time in separate locations.

By Vyto Starinskas November 22, 2022
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The Mingus girls’ basketball team is 1-0 put on an opening-night show that their new coach Troy Hoke was hoping for – rolling over the Barry Goldwater Bulldogs, 50-19 on Thursday night, Nov. 17.

By Vyto Starinskas November 20, 2022
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The Agave Highlands Golf Course has been sold to a group of partners that includes Emanuel Radoccia, the Agave Highlands head golf professional and manager for the past four years, according to Radoccia.

By Vyto Starinskas November 20, 2022
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The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District has obtained four school safety grants from the state that will allow the district to hire school resource law enforcement officers, probation resource officers or school counselors.

By Vyto Starinskas November 16, 2022
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The theme of this year’s Cottonwood Christmas Parade is “Gingerbread House Christmas.”

By Vyto Starinskas November 16, 2022
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There’s gold in them thar hills, and foliage peepers only have to go as far as Dead Horse Ranch State Park to bask in it.

By Vyto Starinskas November 16, 2022
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A 17-year-old Cottonwood girl and her 22-year-old boyfriend have been smoking fentanyl for the past six months.

By Vyto Starinskas November 16, 2022
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Earlier this month, Cottonwood Police responded to reports of fraudulent ATM withdrawals that occurred at multiple local financial institutions, according to Sgt. Chad Sinn.

By Vyto Starinskas November 15, 2022
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PONG, pong, PONG. The sound echoes with each smack of the wooden racquet.

By Vyto Starinskas November 13, 2022
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The smiley-face meme said it all.

By Vyto Starinskas November 13, 2022
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Newcomers Misty Cox and Austin Babcock were elected to the Mingus Union High School Board for four years.

By Vyto Starinskas November 13, 2022
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Mission feeds hundreds during holidays as food prices heat up
Community dinner scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14

Food prices are soaring this year as the Old Town Mission kicks off its busy holiday season with a Thanksgiving community dinner on Monday, Nov. 14.

By Vyto Starinskas November 13, 2022
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The Camp Verde Town Council postponed any decision about the future of the historic Arena Del Loma at a special meeting, after listening to a handful of the 100 residents who turned out in the community gym Wednesday night.

By Vyto Starinskas November 13, 2022
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A fire at Dollar General destroyed all its contents, but the owners said they plan to reopen after renovating the remaining shell, according to fire officials.

By Vyto Starinskas November 10, 2022
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A local high school student interviewed local vets for a Veterans Day project, before he went to Prescott on Friday, Nov. 5, to sign the paperwork to enlist in the U.S Army.

By Vyto Starinskas November 9, 2022
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During the Vietnam War, Terrie Frankel’s father saw an advertisement in the Chicago Sun-Times seeking an accordionist to go to Vietnam for the USO.

By Vyto Starinskas November 9, 2022
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Genna Adams is passionate about growing excellent teachers in the Verde Valley.

By Vyto Starinskas November 9, 2022
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The Cottonwood City Council is ready to rock ‘n’ roll after hearing the numbers about last September’s Thunder Valley Rally.

By Vyto Starinskas November 6, 2022
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The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District schools got the grades of B’s and C’s in the latest Arizona Department of Education’s A-F School Letter Grades released Nov. 1.

By Vyto Starinskas November 6, 2022
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ingus Union High School gets a gold star for going from a C to a B in the latest Arizona Department of Education A-F School Letter Grades released Nov. 1.

By Vyto Starinskas November 6, 2022
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The chairman of the Yavapai County Democratic Party has lodged a complaint regarding campaign contributions made by the Yavapai Republican Committee and the Yavapai County Republican Party to two Mingus School Board candidates.

By Vyto Starinskas November 6, 2022
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Zeke Taylor BBQ features beef brisket, lots of hugs
At 86, Goddard keeps Cottonwood tradition going

Besides the beef, the best thing about the Zeke Taylor barbecue is getting a hug from 86-year-old Don Goddard.

By Vyto Starinskas November 6, 2022
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The driver of this Toyota Tundra was safely removed by Cottonwood Fire and Police departments on Friday, Oct. 28

By Vyto Starinskas November 2, 2022
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The Council is looking at several options to recruit city attorney candidates after the applicant they chose declined to move forward in the process.

By Vyto Starinskas November 2, 2022
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Bigfoot steps sighted on Mingus
Long-Standing Tradition

Bigfoot footsteps have been spotted on State Route 89A and it’s not the first time.

By Vyto Starinskas November 2, 2022
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The City Council will consider a staff recommendation to hire a consulting firm to find candidates to replace departing City Manager Ron Corbin.

By Vyto Starinskas November 1, 2022
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Rattlers snuggle up for fall season
Let resting snakes lie

Don’t tell this young rattler it’s not rattlesnake season.

By Vyto Starinskas October 30, 2022
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Liberty group says they are not intimidating voters
Judge calls drop-box watching ‘constitutionally protected conduct’

A little more than a week before the General Election, the Lions of Liberty group said they are not part of the ballot watchers prompting voters to file police complaints in Phoenix and Mesa.

By Vyto Starinskas October 30, 2022
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Fire managers ignited 400 acres for a prescribed fire on Mingus Mountain Tuesday, Oct. 25, and smoke could be seen over the mountain from Cottonwood.

By Vyto Starinskas October 28, 2022
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A self-described “science nerd” has been hired as the new tasting-room manager at the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College where people can purchase wine made by students.

By Vyto Starinskas October 26, 2022
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The roller rink at Riverfront Park was a swirling light show of Halloween characters made up of outfits such as an eagle, a she-devil and a disco-dude.

By Vyto Starinskas October 26, 2022
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A fire destroyed a house on Bice Road early Friday evening, and Copper Canyon Fire and Medical said they had to return to the remains of the structure on Monday, Oct. 24, for an active fire call.

By Vyto Starinskas October 26, 2022
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A local ATV rental company is using its ATVs to clean up after campers on Bill Gray Road in places too difficult to reach by other cleanup crews.

By Vyto Starinskas October 26, 2022
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The Cottonwood City Council will hire a consulting firm to look for new city manager candidates after two of four candidates, who were selected to interview for the replacement for City Manager Ron Corbin, withdrew from the process.

By Vyto Starinskas October 23, 2022
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No ghosts are going to purchase equipment for the Jerome Fire Department, so every year Chief Rusty Blair organizes a Halloween bash to raise money for the three-member force.

By Vyto Starinskas October 23, 2022
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A grassroots substance-abuse recovery group, which started by selling used furniture, art and knick-knacks to fund itself, is expanding its services to include outpatient therapy services and a healing center.

By Vyto Starinskas October 23, 2022
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James Ball and his award-winning A.T.O.R.T. Theatre at Mingus Union High School are working overtime bringing a 1920s factory to life for the drama “Radium Girls.”

By Vyto Starinskas October 23, 2022
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The Verde Valley’s annual Shark-Tank-inspired pitch event went bananas on Saturday.

By Vyto Starinskas October 19, 2022
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A Meals and Wheels Program will be delivering some cuddly puppies with their meals.

By Vyto Starinskas October 16, 2022
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All three candidates on the Mingus School Board General Election ballot will be on the five-member school board next year.

By Vyto Starinskas October 16, 2022

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