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Smoke on the mountain, where lighting struck repeatedly
Residents may be seeing smoke from several lightning cause fires above the Mogollon Rim and east of Camp Verde.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Is 123 enough? Proposition means more money for teachers and staff, but no more revenue for materials
VERDE VALLEY - The odds of finding an educator unhappy should Proposition 123 pass are about as good as finding a haystack in a needle.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

What's hot in Verde Valley job market?
VERDE VALLEY - With four out of five of the fastest growing occupations not requiring a college degree - - but rather, technical training - - the Verde Valley finds itself in a quandary of having too many job openings with not enough skilled workers to fill them.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

One new fire district -- Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority -- but three boards in merger
RIMROCK -- At a special meeting held at the Montezuma Rimrock Fire Station May 18, the Governing Boards of both the Montezuma Rimrock and Camp Verde Fire Districts unanimously voted to enter into a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Agreement between the two districts.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Northern Arizona Healthcare Camp Verde open house June 10
CAMP VERDE - The new Camp Verde Campus of Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) is conducting an open house June 10 at 5 p.m., with the public invited to partake in campus tours and light refreshments.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Matthew Mitschelen selected Hometown Hero of the Month
This month's Hometown Hero award goes to Matthew Mitschelen for bringing awareness and education to all about those that are living with and overcoming their disabilities and for being an advocate for all people with disabilities, especially for those at Rainbow Acres. Matthew is a great example for everyone that everyday life for those who live with a disability is not much different than for those who do not.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Camp Verde yearbook staff wins Gallery of Excellence award
CAMP VERDE - Tina Scott described Camp Verde High School's yearbook students as "entrepreneurs, photo journalists - and stalkers extraordinaire."


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Camp Verde ramp to NB I-17 closed Monday 8 a.m. to noon
VERDE VALLEY - Monday, drivers expecting to enter northbound Interstate 17 from Camp Verde exit 287 may want to make alternate plans.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

All indications are that Prop. 123 narrowly approved by voters
PHOENIX -- Ahead by nearly 16,800 votes and with ever-widening lead, it now appears Proposition 123 has been approved.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Anyone want to buy a bridge?
Camp Verde has a problem and Joseph City may have a solution. On May 18, the town council approved a feasibility study by Cannon Consultants, LLC, to consider replacing what the agenda describes as the "original steel truss Black Bridge" to facilitate pedestrians as well as utility extensions over the Verde River at Rezzonico Park.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that requires each and every tail and brake light on your vehicle to be working.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Committee recommends Lisa Aragon as new VACTE superintendent
COTTONWOOD - If Steve Dockray has things his way, Valley Academy Career and Technology Education's interim superintendent will soon shed her temporary title.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hale Roofing donates parts, labor for new roof at Middle Verde Rock Church
CAMP VERDE - It was originally built as a brush arbor, but converted into the church's multi-purpose room in 1971.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Prop. 124 gains voter approval
Proposition 124 is part of a series of changes adopted earlier this year by lawmakers to restore financial stability to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Still no final answer on Prop. 123
PHOENIX -- It should have been a slam dunk.

An extra $3.5 billion for public schools over the next decade. No tax hike. A promise of more. And more than $5 million to spend for the campaign.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Quality and Quantity: Camp Verde High School celebrates graduates, scholarships
Thursday, Camp Verde High School will celebrate another high school graduation, but this year, the school has nearly 20 percent fewer graduates than last year's class of 99 graduates, says Steve Hicks, business manager for Camp Verde Unified School District.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Clear Creek Cemetery no longer rests in peace
VERDE VALLEY - For well over a century, this little five-acre plot on South Old Church Road has provided a final resting place for such figures as Wales Arnold (one of Camp Verde's original European settlers) and Clinton Wingfield and Mac Rodgers (murdered during an 1899 store holdup).


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jack Rider seeks new trial
CAMP VERDE - Jack Rider wants a new trial.

Earlier this month, Jack Rider was convicted of second-degree murder in the drowning death of 22-year-old Krystil Wilson.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

First-ever Camp Verde public budget forum 'positive start'
CAMP VERDE - About 30 residents attended the first-ever Town of Camp Verde public budget forum May 9 in what Finance Director Mike Showers said "was a positive start."
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Camp Verde council to vote on town budget June 1
CAMP VERDE - After months of feedback by the public, staff and government representatives, Camp Verde's proposed Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget comes to a vote of town council on Wednesday, June 1.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Town council to hear update on new archaeology center
CAMP VERDE - On Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m., Ken Zoll, director of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, is presenting an informational update to town council on its new facility to be built near Interstate 17 and SR 260.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Calling all scientists: Citizen scientists needed as Montezuma Well hosts Centennial BioBlitz
RIMROCK - Though it may look similar to a leaf with legs, biologists decided that the Microcentrum rhombifolium deserved a more interesting name.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Deborah Barber lawsuit against Camp Verde dismissed
VERDE VALLEY - On April 20, Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Jeffery Paupore dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought against the Town of Camp Verde by former Town Clerk Deborah Barber, who three weeks later filed a show cause to vacate the order.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bob Simbric retires from Camp Verde school board
CAMP VERDE - The first time Bob Simbric was elected to the Camp Verde Unified School District board was in 1980. That first term, which began in 1981, was the first of several the longtime Camp Verdean served his district.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

College advisory committee to review survey data, plans to present findings to governing board
CLARKDALE - With what is hoped to be more than 100 responses from the Verde Valley's education-minded citizens, the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee decided Wednesday that it will devote a large portion of its July 13 meeting to reviewing the responses - and deciding how to present the findings to the Yavapai College District Governing Board, according to committee Vice Chairman Bill Regner.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Beaver Creek Golf and Country Club mystery
In its heyday, the ranch land that was later to become Beaver Creek Golf and Country Club was a star in the constellation of Verde Valley attractions.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

The dilemma for Beaver Creek students: Camp Verde or Mingus?
RIMROCK - It takes roughly 17 minutes to drive the 10 miles from Rimrock to Camp Verde High School. It takes almost twice as long - 31 minutes - to drive the approximately 23 miles from Rimrock to Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Benefits of prior-year vs. current-year funding depend on student population, end result could affect morale, jobs
VERDE VALLEY - On the surface, the difference between funding public schools based on prior year versus current year funding is a matter of semantics, perhaps the difference between paying for dinner before eating it - or after.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Yavapai College budget $2.2 million less than last year
Yavapai County taxpayers won't be seeing any increased hits to their pocketbooks from the county's community college this coming fiscal year.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Recorder advises to personally drop off ballots
The Yavapai County Recorder's Office recommends dropping off early ballots at one of the many drop box locations (see below).
Thursday, May 12, 2016

La Fonda celebrates 40 years as family owned, operated restaurant
CAMP VERDE - At 10 minutes before noon each Saturday, Doc and Sheral Colville arrive at their favorite restaurant, ready for lunch.

The drive is a good 30 minutes from Dewey, but the retired school teachers don't mind. Because it's not just about the food. It's also about the happy faces.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Steve Ayers awarded Economic Developer of the Year
CAMP VERDE - The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), an organization of public and private economic developers, awarded Camp Verde Economic Development Director Steve Ayers the AAED Economic Developer of the Year - Small Communities Award at a conference held in Tucson May 5.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Verde Valley Food Banks gear up for Letter Carrier Food Drive May 14
Saturday, May 14, marks the 24th anniversary of one of Americas great days of giving. The National Association of Letter Carrriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Verde Valley home sales bring mixed results this quarter
VERDE VALLEY - Residential single family home sales last year Verde Valley wide experienced a decrease in sales yet an increase in prices, to the Sedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors. The results compared sales from First Quarter 2015 with sales from First Quarter 2016.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rescue mountain lion cub finds home at Out of Africa
CAMP VERDE -- It took a rescue and blessing by the Tohono O'odham Nation, and an agreement between the State of Arizona and the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.


Saturday, May 7, 2016


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