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New Zealand mudsnails infest Page Springs Fish Hatchery

PAGE SPRINGS -- An aquatic invasive species, New Zealand mudsnails, were discovered in two Page Springs Fish Hatchery pools Oct. 9 during a routine invasive species survey, said Nicholas Walter, Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman.

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Pedestrian taken to hospital after accident with motorcycle

A pedestrian was transported to a hospital in serious condition after being in an accident with a motorcycle on East State Route 89A Friday at about 6 p.m., according to Cottonwood Police Sergeant Monica Kuhlt, who was at the scene.

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Santa: Early stopover in Clarkdale

Santa came to Clarkdale on Saturday and even organizers were surprised by the huge turnout of children and parents at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

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EF Production presents ‘Celebration of Christmas’

The cast performs during the EF Production’s 25th annual "Celebration of Christmas" on Saturday.

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Pickleball equipment broken, stolen from Clarkdale courts

The Clarkdale pickleball players are having their paddles taken away.

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Jerome Council meeting to include more parking discussions

The Jerome Town Council’s regular meeting agenda for Tuesday, Dec. 10, includes a break for Holiday cookies.

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New life for former bordello

Payson couple to open former Jerome bordello as gallery

Chuck and Mimi Romberger said they have bought the House of Joy in Jerome and hope to reopen the business by March.

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Life on the Road: YouTube RV family clicks on Cottonwood

A YouTube family’s unusual lifestyle brought them to the Thousand Trails RV Park last week, as they visually document their journey across the United States on the internet.

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Red Rock High students save decades-old palm

Former Sedona Red Rock High school librarian Elaine Vail couldn’t hold back her giggles as she watched all the fuss being made over a 20-foot-tall palm plant outside of the high school on Wednesday.

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Taking a break on a board

Cheryl Juracich was on the way to the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff on Friday with her boyfriend and son when they got stopped by “too much snow” on Interstate 17 that closed the highway.

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Holiday sales brisk in Cottonwood

J.C. Penney employee Tambalyn Campbell packs up customer Amyah Lee of Cottonwood during a Friday, Nov. 29 sale.

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Jerome is an odd place to run garbage

The garbage truck’s engine roared as its wheels ground up the steep hill lugging a load of Jerome’s trash with a worker clinging to the back.

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Boxcar Clay has materials, instruction

Boxcar Clay, LLC offers a complete line of supplies to serve the needs of ceramists.

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Fire department burns house as training tool

The plume of smoke coming from the Mingus Avenue Bridge in Cottonwood area on Monday morning was from a burn of a house as a training event for the Verde Valley Fire District.

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Winner, winner, turkey dinner

Cottonwood’s Old Town Mission celebrates Thanksgiving a bit earlier than most. In the photo on top, Pastor Bill Witt said a prayer at each of the tables. Bottom left, Rachel Collins passes a plate to Lisa Jacobo. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Jerome business parking plan moves along

The Town of Jerome is moving forward with its plan to create a district in which businesses will be able to pay a one-time fee to acquire parking spots from the town for buildings that require on-site parking.

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New Camp Verde business aims to be one-stop shop

Verde Valley Complete Auto Care is offering complete car service, maintenance, repair, body work and painting.

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Jerome residents encouraged to attend workshop Monday

The Town of Jerome is encouraging residents to attend a special joint-workshop on Monday at 5 p.m. to priorities goals for the town’s future.

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Avalon resigns as director of Homeless Coalition

Raena Avalon is resigning as the executive director of the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition.

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Finding the right flight home: Local falconer trains peregrine for release into the wild

COTTONWOOD — The peregrine falcon stretched opened its wings in the warm thermal and hovered over a brightly colored kite fluttering in the wind over Bill Gray Road near Cottonwood.

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‘Glamping’ plan application withdrawn

Under Canvas, the glamour camping company that proposed a 100-tent luxury camping site on 82 acres at the end of Bill Gray Road, has withdrawn its application with Yavapai County.

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Repurposed facility at medical center will house clinics

Verde Valley Medical Center staff and administration gathered at the newly renovated “Northern Arizona Healthcare Medical Group – Cottonwood” building last week.

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Jerome works to relax parking requirement for some businesses

The Town of Jerome is working on a parking solution to relax its longtime, on-site parking requirement for some businesses in town.

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City of Sedona gets first electric car

Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty recently showed off the city’s newly arrived 2019 Chevy Bolt, the city’s first all-electric vehicle, to be used by the city staff and occasionally by the mayor. Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty shows off the city’s newly arrived 2019 Chevy Bolt, the city’s first all-electric vehicle, to be used by city staff, and occasionally, by the mayor. Courtesy photo

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Fundraising for baby giraffe approaches $20K

CAMP VERDE — When Out of Africa Wildlife Park’s wildly popular giraffe, Kibo, died in August, park staff immediately began looking for a baby giraffe to honor Kibo's legacy — and to continue to educate and charm visitors with the towering creatures.

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Cottonwood Chamber outlines plans to beef up tourism marketing

Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce officials explained how they will try to attract more tourists to Cottonwood during a “Tourist Round Up!” discussion last week.

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Crews resume contaminated soil cleanup in Clarkdale

The United Verde Soil Program, aimed at cleaning up contaminated soil at homes and public properties in Clarkdale, has resumed after the soil removal was suspended last year.

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FENTANYL: ‘We are talking about death, It’s instantaneous’

A 17-year-old Cottonwood-area teenager appears to be the youngest person to date to die of a fentanyl overdose in Yavapai County.

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Cottonwood teen found dead; two dozen Fentanyl pills found

Detectives working to determine source of pills; reward offered

Suspected Fentanyl pills have taken the life of a teenage boy, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Wednesday.

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Verde Valley to be connected by 132-mile trail system

People will be able to park at the Yavapai College’s Clarkdale campus, and plan their hike to anywhere in the Verde Valley.

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Women making history in Jerome

“Good morning ladies” may not be the greeting that most town-council members receive before a meeting. But, what may be for the first time in Jerome history, four women sit on the five-member Jerome Town Council.

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Three-legged dog plays game of cat and mouse

Finding a three-legged dog in the Verde Valley is like finding a needle in a haystack.

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Paid parking now a fact of life in Jerome

The town began charging for parking at 10 a.m. Wednesday and things went smoothly, said Muma. In the first hour, the kiosks generated $155, the chief added.

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Jerome Spook Hall Dance Oct. 26 benefits local fire department

The 45th annual Jerome Fire Dept. Auxiliary Halloween Dance is Saturday, Oct. 26, at Spook Hall.

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New boutique opens in Cottonwood

Iva Wood opened Sissy’s Consignment Cottage Boutique recently at 56 S. Main St. in Cottonwood.

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ADOT cuts hundreds of trees in Canyon

The Arizona Department of Transportation has marked 708 trees for removal along State Route 89A in Oak Creek Canyon, according to Ryan Harding, ADOT spokesman.

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Rep. Gosar: ‘This president has not done anything wrong’

U.S. District 4 Rep. Paul Gosar, made it clear this week he will not vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Magnificent Marauders

It was an exciting moment when Mingus Union High School students Emma Warner and Andrew Peterson were named Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of Friday’s Homecoming football game.

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Sedona Fix It Clinic set for Saturday, Oct. 12

You can finally take that broken VCR or pair of pants without a button out if the closet and get them repaired at Sedona’s first Sustainability Fix It Clinic.

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Hiker performs CPR on Sedona hiking trail

A local hiker found an unconscious mountain biker on the Chimney Rock Trail on Tuesday morning, called 911, and performed CPR until Sedona Fire and others arrived to carry him down the trail.

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It’s ‘groovy’ up at the Gold King Mine

Raffle of VW bus set for Sunday; winner must be present

Max Ryniewicz, 21, and his girlfriend, Madi West, 23, were “chillin’” inside their 1970 Deluxe Safari High Top VW bus Thursday in a time-warp any hippy would have loved.

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Freeport says Clarkdale soil cleanup to resume this fall

A new contractor has been selected for the United Verde Soil Program in Clarkdale and residential yard cleanups should resume this fall.

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Lisa Dahl targets VOC for newest restaurant

Lisa Dahl has done it again.

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Jerome council votes no on parking kiosk exemptions for residents

In a special meeting Thursday morning, the Jerome Town Council voted that town residents will pay to park at the town parking kiosks scheduled to be installed in late October.

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Glamping company scales back on plans for Bill Gray Road project

Under Canvas, the glamour camping company that proposed a 125-tent luxury clamping site at the end of Bill Gray Road, said on Friday that it will submit its plan to Yavapai County on Sept, 20 for review, but will scale back the number of tents by 20 percent.

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Old Town Mission expands mission with mini-market

The Old Town Mission is offering a carrot to people to give away more produce.

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Jerome says no thanks to paid service on council

Volunteerism ‘a time-honored tradition’

The Jerome Town Council said no thanks to a payday Tuesday.

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Council undecided if Jerome residents should pay to park

The Jerome Town Council could not decide if local residents should have to pay when parking at the six kiosks that will be installed in certain parking areas in the community.

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Jerome Town Council to discuss parking fees Tuesday

The Jerome Town Council will meet Tuesday and discuss exemptions or discounts related to the new parking fees when the town’s kiosks are installed, according to the meeting agenda.

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Flying the Friendly Skies: Hang gliders swarm Mingus Mountain at Labor Day Fly-In

The hang gliders and paragliders resembled mosquitoes as they hovered hundreds of feet above Mingus Mountain Saturday during the annual Arizona Hang Gliding & Paragliding Labor Day Fly-In.

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