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Vyto Starinskas

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12 year old in fight of his life
Tae kwon do family helps fellow athlete after rare diagnosis

Cole Castro, 12, has a first-degree black belt. But now he is facing the fight of his life.

By Vyto Starinskas May 22, 2022
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War makes student stronger
Ukraine student at Mingus longs to unite family

Sofiia Halemska’s family won’t be in the football stands at Mingus Union High School to see her graduate like hundreds of other family members on the evening of May 27.

By Vyto Starinskas May 22, 2022
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If a person started the huge wildfire near Cornville Road and Page Springs Road last June, they have not been found.

By Vyto Starinskas May 19, 2022
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The city has gotten over one bump in the road and hired Lisa Boring as the new Cottonwood Area Transit transportation manager.

By Vyto Starinskas May 18, 2022
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What happened to $14M project?
Riverfront wastewater plant may go down the drain

The Cottonwood City Council wants to close the Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation Facility plant. It is one of two wastewater plants in the city. Why?

By Vyto Starinskas May 18, 2022
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A graduating senior attended last year’s Mingus graduation ceremony wrapped in a flag, but Mingus Principal Genie Gee said decorations are not permitted on or over the graduation gowns.

By Vyto Starinskas May 17, 2022
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Red Rock District Ranger Amy Tinderholt has signed the memo that allows the beginning of a new policy on the Forest Road 525 corridor that closes many popular dispersed camping sites.

By Vyto Starinskas May 15, 2022
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The Verde Valley Fire District firefighters made a quick stop of a brush fire near homes on El Rancho Bonito in Cornville on Wednesday about 1:30 pm. in extremely high winds.

By Vyto Starinskas May 15, 2022
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Hikers who are rescued in the Red Rock Ranger District by the Sedona Fire District are not charged or billed, even though those rescues are occurring more often and require special equipment, training, skills and stamina from the firefighters.

By Vyto Starinskas May 15, 2022
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Verde Valley businessman Maynard Keenan’s winery and adult playground is sprouting from the middle of Old Town, and the Cottonwood Planning & Zoning Board approved some more time to get his project finished.

By Vyto Starinskas May 15, 2022
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The City Council is contemplating closing the Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation Facility plant.

By Vyto Starinskas May 15, 2022
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Keynote speaker Dr. Jack Dillenberg told the 100 graduates at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus’ 52nd annual commencement that they “are not in this alone.”

By Vyto Starinskas May 11, 2022
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Molly goes to college
Service dog art helps Mingus student win scholarship

A gold retriever balancing an orange on her nose has helped Mingus High School junior Adalynn Parker earn $8,000 a year in scholarships to Northern Arizona University.

By Vyto Starinskas May 11, 2022
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A Mother’s Day fire in Verde Lakes spread to another home, displacing residents of both properties.

By Vyto Starinskas May 11, 2022
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Cottonwood Police officers responded to an injury-accident Wednesday, May 4, 2022, involving a motorcycle in front of the tire store near State Route 260 and Fir Street, according to Cottonwood Police.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2022
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With a round of applause and support from his predecessor, the Jerome Council unanimously approved the employment agreement for Brett Klein to become Jerome’s new town manager.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2022
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Frustrations over ATVs in Sedona have reached such a boiling point that residents are videotaping ATV/OHV riders on remote roads with game cameras and approaching them face-to-face in hopes of reasoning with them. They hope the forest service will notice.

By Vyto Starinskas May 8, 2022
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The Town of Jerome is working on affordable housing and housing for department heads, all in one project.

By Vyto Starinskas May 4, 2022
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Police Chief Steve Gesell is withdrawing from the race for Arizona House of Representatives for District 1, he announced on Tuesday.

By Vyto Starinskas May 3, 2022
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The flight-school airplane traffic may increase temporarily above the Cottonwood Airport while the Prescott Regional Airport closes its primary touch & go runway.

By Vyto Starinskas May 1, 2022
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There’s only one thing sweeter than the smiles at the Hive Eatery and Juice Bar – and that’s the honey.

By Vyto Starinskas May 1, 2022
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There was only one teen drug-related overdose death in 2021 in Yavapai County compared to 2020 when there were five. The sad news is that the overdose occurred in the Verde Valley.

By Vyto Starinskas May 1, 2022
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To showcase all that the Verde Valley Wine Region has to offer, the Verde Valley Wine Festival returns for the fifth year on April 29 and 30 in Old Town Cottonwood.

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2022
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The Old Town Music and The Market event is returning to Cottonwood Wednesday, May 11, and the Cottonwood Parks and Recreation Department is looking for bands and vendors.

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2022
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Bees have buddies on the Cottonwood City Council.

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2022
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A 3-year-old child was administered a nasal dose of Narcan on Monday, April 18, by the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District during a suspected overdose.

By Raquel Hendrickson, Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2022
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Community volunteers have come knocking on the doors of truant students hoping to get them back in school.

By Vyto Starinskas April 24, 2022
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Police Chief Alan Muma likes to keep a clean town. But now he is dealing with a sticky situation.

By Vyto Starinskas April 24, 2022
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Home for New Beginnings doesn’t have a home for homeless children yet, but that isn’t stopping Executive Director Pamela Barton.

By Vyto Starinskas April 24, 2022
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John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle, was just another Cornville kid Friday, as he rounded the berms at the new Oak Creek Elementary School mountain bike park with a smile as wide as his handlebars.

By Vyto Starinskas April 24, 2022
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It took after 37 years and 7 months of hard work, and a 10-month delay because of COVID, but Post Office Clerk Lea Matley finally got her cake.

By Vyto Starinskas April 20, 2022
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The guilty pleasure of riding an electric-bicycle after a lifetime of road biking is hard to describe.

By Vyto Starinskas April 20, 2022
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Travis Black climbed out a dirt hole with his students on Wednesday at the Oak Creek School.

By Vyto Starinskas April 17, 2022
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House fire sends 2 to hospital
CVMO officer credited with rescue

A Camp Verde Marshal’s deputy helped a Verde Lakes woman out of a burning home at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday after she went back into the structure to get her boyfriend.

By Vyto Starinskas April 17, 2022
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Cottonwood is again trying to get a handle on panhandlers by placing signs around the city encouraging people not to hand them money.

By Vyto Starinskas April 17, 2022
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Paul Johnson is putting his running shoes on the ground in the grueling Coconado 250 ultramarathon to help a relief organization with boots on the ground in Ukraine.

By Vyto Starinskas April 13, 2022
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Glam metal band Slaughter will be the headliner on Saturday night and former Guns N’ Roses drummer and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Steven Adler will be featured at this year’s Thunder Valley Rally Sept. 16-17, TVR announced Wednesday.

By Vyto Starinskas April 10, 2022
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Vice Mayor Mandy Worth formally announced her resignation from the Jerome City Council at a special meeting April 6.

By Vyto Starinskas April 10, 2022
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'Kids don't just disappear'
Local residents take on human trafficking

One wouldn’t think God would choose a tiny community like Rimrock for the birth of a new organization trying to stop human trafficking.

By Vyto Starinskas April 10, 2022
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Vice Mayor Mandy Worth may formally announce her resignation from the Jerome Town Council at a special meeting on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

By Vyto Starinskas April 6, 2022
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Like there wasn’t enough reason to get wild at Blazin’ M Ranch.

By Vyto Starinskas April 6, 2022
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Kayakers and cattle love the Verde River. But the Verde River Institute says it’s working with a rancher in the area to make sure they don’t meet.

By Vyto Starinskas April 6, 2022
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Hogwarts Healthier Shepherd’s Pie will be on the menu in the school cafeterias of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, thanks to student Kellan Altringer.

By Vyto Starinskas April 3, 2022
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It’s apparent the new Teen Library Specialist Elizabeth Hansen is very trusting of her teens as she hands them trays of paint, brushes and rollers.

By Vyto Starinskas April 3, 2022
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Mingus Union High School is exploring the idea of reintroducing a driver’s education program in the interest of student safety.

By Vyto Starinskas April 3, 2022
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The City of Cottonwood is initiating the annexation of three sections of land along the Verde River.

By Vyto Starinskas April 3, 2022
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Police said officers had to use a thermo-heat sensor gun to locate a suspected felon hiding in the rafters of a Mountain Gate duplex on Friday, April 1.

By Vyto Starinskas April 2, 2022
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The Sedona “VortiFest” Music Festival & Experience will return to the Sedona Airport Mesa Area 1 on Saturday, April 2.

By Vyto Starinskas March 30, 2022
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The City has boosted the salary for the Cottonwood Area Transit manager in an attempt to woo someone to a city where new employees can’t seem to find housing.

By Vyto Starinskas March 30, 2022
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The circus is coming to town. Well it’s James Ball’s circus, and it opens on April’s Fools Day at the Mingus Auditorium.

By Vyto Starinskas March 30, 2022

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