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What to do about the Cuban Queen?

Windy Jones argued point by point with the two Jerome attorneys and several Board of Adjustment members, but even the ghost of the Cuban Queen could not help her as she and her partner walked away empty handed Thursday night.

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Saturday morning roundabout crash on State Route 260

Cottonwood police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to this single big-rig rollover Saturday at about 9 a.m. at the Thousand Trails roundabout on State Route 260.

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Two sent to hospital following head-on crash in Cottonwood

Failure to yield to oncoming traffic was the cause of this two-vehicle head-on crash in Cottonwood Friday at about 11 a.m. on State Route 89A, according to Cottonwood police.

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Spontaneous combustion source of Mulch Fire

Spontaneous combustion of green materials most likely ignited the fire whose billowing smoke can be seen from all over the Verde Valley.

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Going full circle: Old pro is ‘Rookie of the Year’ for Cottonwood PD

In the latest chapter of a policeman’s life that has gone full circle, the 59-year-old veteran lawman was named Cottonwood PD’s “New Employee of the Year” last month.

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Recruitment a constant job for firefighters in Jerome

Being short-handed is a way of life at the Jerome Fire Department.

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Hauser’s sweet corn a sweet deal for police officers

Free sweet corn for police is one way a Camp Verde farm is showing support for the women and men in blue

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Camp Verde ‘green’ pile smoke will be seen for weeks

If you see smoke rising from the Camp Verde transfer station in the weeks ahead, that's expected.

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Residents urged to quickly report bear sightings in Jerome

Police chief: Objective is to trap and relocate bear

There hasn’t been a reported bear sighting in more than a week in Jerome, but that doesn’t mean no one’s seen a bear.

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New life for Jerome’s Cuban Queen?

Property owners turn to Board of Adjustment on parking dispute

The town’s Board of Adjustment has scheduled two July 18 public hearings to determine how many parking spaces should be allowed at the former Cuban Queen.

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Police take on added role with parking kiosks in Jerome

Plenty of jokes and animosity stems from having police issue parking violations. But in Jerome, parking is at a premium.

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Dream becomes reality for autistic child

Six-year-old boy with autism has new companion and protector, thanks, in part, to a local foundation

When a little boy gets a new dog, it’s a special day. Six-year-old Christopher Johnson has that special dog.

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Early birds get the first corn

Tuesday was one of the most exciting days of the year at a Camp Verde farm.

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Enlightened Creations Boutique opens business in Cottonwood

A new Cottonwood business offers a very wide range of products.

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Thank You Gayle Mabery

Longtime Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery was given a warm and often emotional sendoff Thursday in a gathering at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

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Verde Valley Fire District stops controlled burns; campfires still OK

No hot dog is safe. There are still no campfire restrictions heading toward the Fourth of July holiday.

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Fry’s pushes button on Internet shopping in Cottonwood

The Cottonwood grocery store was the first of the chain supermarkets in town to offer pick-up service for its customers this week.

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Faust puts Cottonwood’s best foot forward for vibrant business climate

Faust’s job is to show the glass half-full, so he was masterful in making the case that the present condition of Old Town Cottonwood is actually in a sweet spot.

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Christopher Dowell named Cottonwood Police Officer of the Year

Christopher Dowell, top left, was named Cottonwood Police Officer of the Year during the department’s annual award’s ceremony at headquarters Wednesday.

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Verde homeless group gets P&Z nod; Sedona homeless center shuts down

The Verde Valley Homeless Coalition has gained Cottonwood Planning and Zoning approval for its new homeless drop-in shelter, along with a $13,000 check from rock star and local businessman Maynard Keenan, a pledge of a $10,000 car and $2,000 in donations to operate the facility next year.

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APS substation endorsed by Clarkdale P&Z commission

The new APS substation in Clarkdale is on a path to approval thanks to a Planning Commission decision Tuesday, but townspeople will still be able to voice recommendations about the substation at another Town Council meeting and an APS open house, according to Clarkdale Planning Manager Beth Escobar.

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Cottonwood Fire quickly douses Jail Trail fire

Cottonwood Fire Department firefighters quickly doused a wildfire that spread high into several old Cottonwood trees near the Jail Trail in Cottonwood on Thursday afternoon.

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The Sweetest Job in Town: Gayle’s Chocolates hopes to be perfect pair to Old Town Cottonwood wine industry

Portnoy said the popularity of the local wine industry is one reason he opened the already successful chocolate retail and production facility on North Main Street with his wife, Andrea, and son, Louis.

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Sedona In Motion project designed to ease city's traffic challenges (with video)

SEDONA -- The calm before the storm is over. Monday, crews began ripping up Jordan Road for the city’s Sedona in Motion.

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Jerome Town Council moves forward with parking kiosks

JEROME -- How much is it worth to park and look at a “million dollar view” of Sedona and the Verde Valley?

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County brings Verde Connect show and tell to Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD -- Verde Valley residents Tuesday got their first up-close look at the various routes under consideration for the Verde Connect project, which proposes a new two-lane highway and bridge over the Verde River between Cornville Road and the roundabouts on SR260 between Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

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Cottonwood wants you to help guide city on future offerings at Riverfront Park

The City of Cottonwood wants people to make full use of and enjoy Riverfront Park. So the city is seeking suggestions from the community for ideas on what to do with the park in the future.

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Which way for Verde Connect?

You can give your opinion this week in Cottonwood, Camp Verde meetings

Yavapai County Supervisor Randy Garrison said people should take a look at the intersection of SR260 and SR89A in Cottonwood where Starbucks is being built if they are looking for a reason to build the Verde Connect.

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Hlavinka relishes community lifestyle, new role as Clarkdale town manager

New Clarkdale Town Manager Tracie Hlavinka rolled into town last Friday just in time to attend the town’s first summer community block party.

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Jerome once again searching for town zoning administrator

Charlotte Page has resigned as the Jerome town zoning administrator, confirmed town manager Candace Gallagher Friday. Page has accepted a position with Yavapai County, Gallagher said.

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Good Samaritan pledges $13,000 to keep homeless shelter operating

A resident in the Verde Valley has pledged $13,000 to keep the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition drop-in center and emergency overnight shelter open for the next year in Cottonwood.

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Parking concerns stall redevelopment of Jerome’s Cuban Queen

JEROME -- The owners of Jerome’s Cuban Queen have been told by the town they don’t have a valid parking permit required for their proposed four-bedroom rooming house.

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38 Special, Great White to headline Cottonwood 2019 Thunder Valley Rally

COTTONWOOD -- Thunder Valley Rally has announced 38 Special and Great White as the headliners for the Sept. 20-21 shows.

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Music lineup finalized for 2019 edition of Tilted Earth wine festival

Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez Group will headline the annual Tilted Earth wine festival in Page Springs Saturday, June 22.

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Proposal for new APS substation put on hold by Clarkdale Planning commission

CLARKDALE -- The Clarkdale Planning Commission Tuesday decided to table a zoning request by Arizona Public Service for a substation along SR89A.

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Local ‘Lingo’ promises ‘Major’ reunion at Jerome’s Spirit Room

It may not be a Pink Floyd, Guns & Roses or a Police reunion, but local Verde Valley music fans may want to dust off the cobwebs from their Major Lingo dancing shoes for a reunion show at the Spirit Room Friday night.

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Bicyclists ride to remember Cornville crash victim and others (with video)

Thursday, almost five years to the day, her friend David Waechter choked up as he spoke about his close friend and riding partner.

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Jerome moves forward with kiosk parking plan

The Jerome Town Council has decided to put paid parking kiosks in town to provide a revenue source for high infrastructure repair costs.

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Cuban Queen project on slow track in Jerome

The Town of Jerome is discussing the possible future development of the former Cuban Queen property, but behind closed doors under the town attorney’s advice.

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Traffic stalled as ADOT paving project begins on State Route 179 (with video)

Paving began on State Route 179 Monday in the shadow of Bell Rock, as pilot trucks shuttled vehicles heading to Sedona down the VOC-bound lanes.

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Witness to history: Once majestic tree that towered over Jerome will soon come down (with video)

The hills above Jerome rang out with the sound of George Hall’s trombone Thursday.

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Firemen make sure this cat still has 9 lives (with video)

VERDE VILLAGE -- A fire started from an electric heating pad and caused about $25,000 damage to an apartment at the Verde Valley Manor Apartments Thursday.

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Jurors declare former Prescott minister guilty of four counts of child molestation

12 members of that jury, one by one in open court, confirmed their guilty verdict in each of the four charges of child molestation that happened more than two decades ago. It took seven hours over two days for the jury to reach its verdict.

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Jury deliberations underway in minister molestation trial

A Yavapai County jury is currently deliberating the fate of Thomas Chantry, the former pastor of the Miller Valley Baptist Church in Prescott. Chantry is being retried on four molestation charges that involve the same accuser in a case that ended with a hung jury this past summer.

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Gateway to Sedona: Community trail work opens up miles of new hiking trails (with video)

The blossoming spring wildflowers were smiling at the trail construction volunteers that assembled at the Girder Trailhead for their sign-in and safety talk last week.

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Granny Patrol: Ruth Flynn and Nancy Hottinger serve with Cottonwood Citizens on Patrol (with video)

Call them what you like: “Grandma Patrol” or “Cagney and Lacy,” but you may be doing it from the back of a police car in handcuffs and shackles.

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2019 Verde Valley Fair opens

The Verde Valley Fair opened on Wednesday night in Cottonwood to a beautiful evening with animal showings, a carnival and endless food choices.

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Gems under the windmill

Beautiful weather helped bring out a large crowd to the Verde River Rockhounds’ “Rocks in the Park IV” rock and mineral sale at Windmill Park in Cornville on Saturday.

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March a Mile for Meals

Marchers head up Sixth Street during the 11th annual March-a-Mile for Meals on Saturday.

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Developer wants to breathe new life into Jerome’s Cuban Queen Bordello

JEROME -- Memories of Madam Anita Gonzales and jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton will be in the room Wednesday when the Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission considers plans to build a new Cuban Queen Bordello Rooming House.

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