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COTTONWOOD -- “Local” is what the Verde Valley Fair is all about, explained Coleen Gilboy, fair director.

By Vyto Starinskas April 30, 2019
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CAMP VERDE – The first section of a new recreational vehicle resort has opened behind Jones Ford off SR 260. It is approved for 299 sites, adding to the 402 recreational vehicle sites currently being built in Camp Verde closer to the intersection of Interstate 17 and SR260.

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2019
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“Significant snowfall and rain in the highlands/mid-elevations has increased soil moisture and new grass growth,” according to Debbie Maneely, public affairs officer, Prescott National Forest. “This has resulted in a later start to ‘typical’ fire season that we’ve seen over the past two decades of persistent drought.”

By Vyto Starinskas April 27, 2019
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Dr. Deborah Lindquist, MD, has treated thousands of cancer patients out of her Sedona office for 30 years. She says she is the one that is “truly blessed.”

By Vyto Starinskas April 16, 2019
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Sarah Ann Lesslie, left, of Chocolita is the first-place winner of the MoonshotAZ, Verde Valley Pioneer Pitch held at the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood Saturday.

By Vyto Starinskas April 16, 2019
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The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake leered back at the group of captors who just set him free, shaking his newly colored rattle at them Thursday near the entrance of the Montezuma Castle National Monument.

By Vyto Starinskas April 13, 2019
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Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, right, and City Council Member and Historic Preservation Commissioner Michael Mathews install the first batch of the Commemorative Memorial Bricks at the Cottonwood Community Club House Friday.

By Vyto Starinskas April 13, 2019
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There is now a new self-serve “dog wash” in Cottonwood where you can bond with your pooch over a shampoo and a blow dry.

By Vyto Starinskas April 11, 2019
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The large rock that was blocking the chute at Slide Rock State Park has been removed just in time for spring swimmers.

By Vyto Starinskas April 11, 2019
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Demolition work began this week on the former Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce building that had been located at the corner of State Route 260 and State Route 89A for nearly 40 years. The City of Cottonwood has approved plans for a

By Vyto Starinskas April 11, 2019
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A seventh-grade student at the Camp Verde Elementary School found a rare arrowhead while on a school trip at Montezuma Well.

By Vyto Starinskas April 9, 2019
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John Parsons welcomed “Verde River moms, dads, aunts uncles, cousins, grand kids” to his Verde River Family reunion on Saturday in Camp Verde.

By Vyto Starinskas April 9, 2019
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Grandmothers are on it. Even the family dog is on it. But getting accurate information about CBD to help with illnesses can be confusing.

By Vyto Starinskas March 28, 2019
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The  Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek re-opened Thursday for the first time since being shut down after a storm damaged the course in late February.

By Vyto Starinskas March 28, 2019
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COTTONWOOD -- If everything goes to plan, the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition will move into a former appliance business building on 15th Street by the end of July.

By Vyto Starinskas March 26, 2019
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A Sedona resident wants the city to consider growing hemp along SR89A to take advantage of reclaimed water that is now being sprayed into the air and returned to the aquifer.

By Vyto Starinskas March 23, 2019
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Vehicles traveling on Sycamore Canyon Road soon will see a flurry of activity as Freeport Minerals Corp. begins construction on a permanent place to dump and store contaminated soil from yards in Clarkdale.

By Vyto Starinskas March 23, 2019
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Jennifer Cohen’s voice is beamed across the Verde Valley air waves on five radio stations as producer for Yavapai Broadcasting News.

By Vyto Starinskas March 19, 2019
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Poke “is a traditional Hawaiian dish,” explained Nichols. Its raw ahi (tuna) mixed with sesame seeds, soy sauce, several types of seaweed, sesame oil and a little bit of honey.”

By Vyto Starinskas March 18, 2019
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Soon Verde Valley cancer patients will be able to get their chemotherapy treatments in Cottonwood and Sedona.

By Vyto Starinskas March 16, 2019
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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- The Oakcreek Country Club in the Village of Oak Creek has been closed since Feb. 22 while staff cleans up the damage to almost 1,000 trees at the Trent Jones-designed golf course known for its tree-lined fairways.

By Vyto Starinskas March 14, 2019
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The National Park Service will burn piles of woody debris at Tuzigoot National Monument and Montezuma Well.

By Vyto Starinskas March 14, 2019
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The Medical Plaza on the corner of Mingus Avenue and SR89A is being reorganized to create a new “one-stop-shopping” experience for its patients.

By Vyto Starinskas March 12, 2019
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Cottonwood Mayor Tim Elinski, far right and his wife Ruth Ellen, second from right, represent the city of Cottonwood along with staff Saturday at the annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade. The event is a partnership between NAU Parks and Recreation Program and the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

By Vyto Starinskas March 9, 2019
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Spring has sprung and the Cottonwood Community Garden is filling up fast

By Vyto Starinskas March 7, 2019
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The Sedona Yoga Festival is looking for first-responders who may be suffering from stress, trauma or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to participate in free treatment during the upcoming Sedona Yoga Festival.

By Vyto Starinskas March 7, 2019
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The Arizona State Parks Department will remove the large rock wedged into the chute used by swimmers at the popular Slide Rock State Park.

By Vyto Starinskas March 5, 2019
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Splash of Jerome’s racist history now worth $225,000
Town historian notes that Jerome at one time had three separate swimming pools

At one time, there were 15,000 residents and three swimming pools in Jerome. One of those three swimming pools, built in 1928, is now for sale.

By Vyto Starinskas March 2, 2019
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Freeport chooses to remove Verde River dam in Clarkdale
Company to retain water rights, search for alternative method to feed Peck’s Lake

CLARKDALE -- Freeport-McMoRan informed the Town of Clarkdale that the company will remove the 105-year-old Clarkdale dam on the Verde River after a storm breached about 60 feet of the dam two weeks ago.

By Vyto Starinskas February 27, 2019
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CLARKDALE -- U.S. Navy Corpsman Reece Raykovitz, 26, said the Verde River took his breath away when he was baptized Monday in preparation for deployment to Central America.

By Vyto Starinskas February 27, 2019
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A river runs through it
What’s next for Verde River following destruction of dam, levy?

CLARKDALE -- Last week’s flooding on the Verde River in Clarkdale knocked out part of a 105-year-old dam. Flood waters also destroyed a pond levee that helped divert water to Pecks Lake, according to Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig.

By Vyto Starinskas February 22, 2019
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CLARKDALE -- It appears workers will resume removing contaminated soil from lawns and properties in Clarkdale again this summer.

By Vyto Starinskas February 20, 2019
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CLARKDALE -- The collapse of the 105-year-old metal dam in Clarkdale on the Verde River may be an opportunity to get rid of the obstruction and return the river back to its original eco-system.

By Vyto Starinskas February 16, 2019
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SEDONA -- The Sedona Area Homeless Alliance new homeless resource center in Sedona has opened on a “Wing” and a “prayer.”

By Vyto Starinskas February 16, 2019
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Men, women and children dressed in fall clothing combed through leaves resembling an Easter egg hunt.

By Vyto Starinskas February 12, 2019
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Motorists fuming in the one-hour-plus traffic jams between the Village of Oak Creek and West Sedona on State Route 179 probably wish they had more information before driving into that weekend traffic quagmire.

By Vyto Starinskas February 8, 2019
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The community says goodbye to Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh.

By Vyto Starinskas February 5, 2019
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Two motorcycle riders were taken to the hospital following a crash at mile-marker 338 on Mingus Mountain, south of Jerome, Saturday afternoon. The crash closed the road for less than an hour, according to the Department of Public Safety. “We received a call of a motorcycle down blocking the lanes of travel,” stated the DPS press report from Trooper Kameron Lee. “It is unknown why the motorcycle went down but the operator and passenger were both injured.” Both were transported to a local hospital and the operator, a 47-year-old man, was admitted for injuries.. The lanes re-opened shortly after 4 p.m. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

By Vyto Starinskas February 5, 2019
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CLARKDALE -- The Verde Canyon Railroad eagles will glide through the canyons of the Verde Valley with a new attitude thanks to the skills of two long-time sign-painters.

By Vyto Starinskas February 2, 2019
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There are sections of the Verde River that resemble a ride at Disneyland.

By Vyto Starinskas February 2, 2019
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Brenda Nicholson said she has no scientific proof that eating local honey will help allergy symptoms, but her customers at the Honey Hole in Rimrock believe a teaspoon a day keeps the doctor away.

By Vyto Starinskas February 1, 2019
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Cottonwood police describe it as the largest “bank burglary” in Arizona history.

By Vyto Starinskas January 26, 2019
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COTTONWOOD -- When you pass the “Judgment Free Zone” at Planet Fitness in Cottonwood, it’s like entering another world.

By Vyto Starinskas January 26, 2019
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A nurse practitioner has opened a new primary care medical office in Cottonwood that only takes cash, credit cards and checks -- but no health insurance.

By Vyto Starinskas January 26, 2019
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SEDONA -- Longtime owners of Blackmarr’s Furniture Dan and Peggy Potter are keeping their store in the family as they pass on the Sedona business and store to their daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Scott Keller.

By Vyto Starinskas January 26, 2019
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A new medical office has opened in Sedona featuring a family doctor, family nurse and behavioral health and chronic-care management services.

By Vyto Starinskas January 19, 2019
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Volunteers fill void at Red Rock Ranger Station
as government shutdown enters fourth week

An American flag sits folded on a counter at the Red Rock Ranger Station Monday waiting for the government shutdown to end so it can fly again.

By Vyto Starinskas January 15, 2019
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Echo, a 3-year-old mother wolf dog gives birth to five puppies at a breeders in California. They are among 160 wolf dogs that a judge has ordered put to death.

By Vyto Starinskas January 12, 2019
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Old Town no longer a R.I.O.T
Foley says it’s time to move on

Jet Foley created a bar where everyone knows her name.

By Vyto Starinskas January 8, 2019
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Now in its 14th year, the Sedona Marathon has crossed a symbolic finish line and dropped its marathon race and re-emerged under a new name: RunSedona.

By Vyto Starinskas January 5, 2019