It happens once a decade, and the topics affect everyone in the city. The Cottonwood City Council is reaching out to the public for input about an update to its Cottonwood General Plan, which the residents will vote on this year.
The City of Cottonwood is exploring ways to encourage developers to build more housing in the city, which could include everything from reviewing the zoning regulations to offering builders financial incentives.
The Cottonwood City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 20, will discuss former Police Chief Steve Gesell’s $620,000 notice of claim, a letter received from former City Manager Scotty Douglass regarding his severance provisions and a notice of charge filed by the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office.
The supporters in the audience of the Mingus Union Governing Board School meeting clapped and cheered as the board finished discussing the first reading of a draft policy regarding how students can look at books in the Mingus school library.
Hiking-related accidents claimed two lives in Sedona during the past two weeks, including a man who fell 75 to 100 feet to his death after his ATV group stopped on the Merry-Go-Round Rock Area to take some pictures, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
Patrick Schweiss deserves an Academy Award after his dramatic presentation at Tuesday’s Brown Bag Series at Yavapai College.
The fans of Clarkdale’s bandstand got some good news Tuesday night as the Council and Historic Preservation Commission voted to start the rehabilitation project to save the popular Main Street Park structure with the blessing from the State Historic Preservation Office.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department trapped and euthanized a mountain lion Friday, Feb. 2.
Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Donna Michaels was not injured when her official county vehicle ended up “nose down in the ditch” on State Route 179 Wednesday, Feb. 7, while she was driving to a supervisors’ meeting in a pouring rainstorm.
Despite a mud-drenched road and torrential rain, the clouds lifted just long enough for Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs to declare the Rockin’ River Ranch State Park as the newest state park in Arizona.
It may have been like watching someone pulling teeth, but the City Council agreed on an acting city manager and entered into a contract for legal services with a law firm Tuesday, after the permanent city manager and attorney quit in a controversy last month.
The Cottonwood Fallen Heroes organization has been growing every year in its 12-year mission to help support the local community.
Kimberly Chavez of Camp Verde is the new Ms. Wheelchair Southwestern USA and she will travel to Ohio to “bring home the crown.”
Councilmembers Michael Mathews and Lisa DuVernay have requested an agenda item for Tuesday, Feb. 6, to interview interim City Manager Rudy Rodriquez, Director of Utilities Thomas Whitmer and Financial Services Manager Kirsten Lennon for the appointment of acting city manager.
The Town of Clarkdale wants to connect its citizens with 47 miles of trails so people can travel safely in the community and increase their quality of life.
The attorney for former Cottonwood Police Stephen Gesell said the city has not responded to his $625,000 notice of claim, and they have no recourse but to litigate. “The City has not responded to our Notice of Claims and yes, we plan to proceed with a lawsuit,” Kim Eckert, attorney for Gesell, stated in an email on Wednesday, Jan 24.
Dr. Daniel Bright School Principal Jessica Vocca has been selected for the future position of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Superintendent, and the District Governing Board will be entering into contract negotiations with her.
Gov. Katie Hobbs will open Arizona’s newest state park near Camp Verde on Thursday, Feb. 8, a project begun a decade ago by the previous governor, but never completed.
Tourism in Sedona is a $1 billion industry and it generates 77% of the city’s sales and bed tax revenues, which is $31 million in local tax dollars in FY23, said Michelle Conway Kostecki, president/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.
Former Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell, a Republican, has joined the race for Yavapai County supervisor for District 3.
Pastor Larry Jackson was asked to comfort a Nation when he stood in front of hundreds of people in a civic setting at Yavapai-Apache Elder Vincent Randall’s funeral in December.
The air-quality monitoring equipment, which was promised during a community meeting between residents and the Arizona Department of Environment Quality, has been set up at two locations to measure dust from the slag pile processing operation in the city.
In the Town of Camp Verde, residents and visitors can find plenty of empty store fronts along Main Street.
The City of Sedona announced that Anette Spickard from McCall, Idaho, has been chosen as the new city manager to replace the current city manager Karen Osburn, who is set to retire in the spring. Spickard is planning to begin on April 8.
Mingus Union High School Board Member Misty Cox said she would like four books with the word “queer” in the title be removed from the school’s library, but Superintendent Mike Westcott said books will remain in the library and will be reviewed for “sexually explicit material.”
The Verde Valley Homeless Coalition in Cottonwood is partnering with the City of Sedona in supporting the Safe to Park Program, which allows local homeless workers and families with children enrolled in local schools to sleep in their cars in a safe parking area.
At least two city council members requested that the mayor place an item on the agenda to start a search for a new acting city manager.
In this three-part series, The Verde Independent looks at what what’s coming to town, how local leaders try to spur the economy and how a reliance on tourism has its pitfalls.
A search by multiple law enforcement and rescue agencies as darkness fell resulted in the safe return of a 12-year-old boy with autism who was located hiding in a ravine, after he was sighted near Thousand Trails and State Route 260.
The Cottonwood City Council unanimously approved signing an agreement to drill the new well for the Verde Santa Fe housing development, and also approved a construction agreement for the well with the owners of the Agave Highlands Golf Course at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan 16.
Fed-up citizens showed up in Old Town on Saturday with home-made signs and recall petitions against City Councilmembers Derek Palosaari and Lisa DuVernay and Mingus School Board Member Misty Cox in hopes that they are waking a sleeping giant.
Councilmember Derek Palosaari faced a raucous crowd in the packed Council Chambers Tuesday night and explained his actions on the night of a holiday party, which is the focus of a City of Cottonwood Human Resources report that states he put his hands on a female city employee and made an inappropriate comment about her breasts.
A security guard stood at the door as about 100 people at the Mingus School Board Special Meeting waited in the school’s hallway as the school board discussed books in the school library during closed session Thursday, Jan. 11.
The Cottonwood City Council is looking at signing an agreement to drill the new well for the Verde Santa Fe housing development and also approve a construction agreement for the well with the owners of the Agave Highlands Golf Course at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan 16.
The next time you sip some Verde Valley wine, toast Tom Schumacher. That glass of local wine has had a long, strange trip.
The Governing Board named the courts at the Clarkdale-Jerome School District gym after long-time basketball coach and Elder Vincent Randall on Tuesday night, Jan 9.
Councilman Derek Palosaari attended Tuesday’s Special Council Meeting and Work Session by Zoom, but did not address the internal Human Resources report that included allegations of the councilman’s unwanted physical interaction with city employees.
The Cottonwood City Council directed staff to accept applications for a city attorney or a firm to replace the firm of Pierce Coleman to represent the city temporarily, after the City Attorney Jenny Winkler decided to leave her position immediately on Tuesday, Jan. 9.