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Rep. Gosar’s staff listens to voters
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:23

An older gentleman, a former pilot for Eastern Airlines, sat in the lobby of the Cottonwood Fire Department last week waiting for his chance to talk to his congressional representative.Julie Schreiner, staff member for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar [R- District 4], held office hours Nov. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Fire Department. Residents were welcomed and encouraged to voice concerns about federal and state issues as well as receive help with federal agencies.

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Clarkdale becomes 5th town to OK civil unions
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:19

Clarkdale became the fifth municipality in Arizona to recognize civil unions last week after a unanimous vote from the Town Council at its Nov. 12 meeting.Clarkdale decided Nov. 12 to approve civil unions, following the example of Jerome, Cottonwood and Sedona. The move allows same-sex couples — and heterosexual couples — to enter into a civil union, gaining the benefits of power of attorney, living will and hospital visitation rights.

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Looking ahead after override win
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 16:09

Local school districts are continuing to enjoy the support of the voters after budget overrides were approved on the ballot earlier this month.Students at Mingus Union High School head out to the busses on Friday, Nov. 15, as the last bell of the week rings, announcing the weekend’s arrival. Now, with the overrides approved and passed, Mingus, along with Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District can move forward without having to make budget cuts.

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10th St. funding renewed by feds
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:40

The Cottonwood City Council renewed its commitment to fair housing last week, a requirement if it wants to continue legally using a federal grant for work already underway on 10th Street.Cottonwood’s 10th Street Improvement Project, constructing new curbs and gutters along with sidewalks and a bike lane from Main Street to Mingus Avenue, broke ground Sept. 3.

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Business booming in Clarkdale
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:34

The town of Clarkdale is drawing attention to recent growth in the commercial sector downtown and in other areas.New business owners Mike Gilmour and wife Lee Shutt are currently remodeling the inside of a storefront on 10th Street in Clarkdale. It will become half an Italian light café and half a knick-knack store. They hope to be open within a month or sooner.

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Statue will honor the ‘thin blue line’
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:26

Efforts are moving forward with plans to construct a statue honoring law enforcement in front of the Cottonwood Police Department.Artist Neil Logan outlines the stages of his sculpting process in a poster of “The Calling,” on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Moose Lodge No. 1449. “The Calling” will eventually become a four-and-a-half-foot tall bronze-cast statue, to be placed at the Cottonwood Police Department.

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Several interests work to finalize SR 260 widening
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:20

Communities and governments in the Verde Valley are in the process of finalizing agreements to widen State Route 260 between Cottonwood and I-17 in Camp Verde.shortly outside of Cottonwood on State Route 260 heading towards Camp Verde, a four-lane highway bottlenecks down to two lanes, one in each direction. Eventually, at milepost 218 — as the speed limit significantly drops — the highway opens back up to four lanes. A proposed SR 260 widening project would make the entire stretch between Camp Verde and Cottonwood a four-lane divided highway, similar to State Route 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona.

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Voters approve school overrides
Written by Christopher Fox Graham   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 20:08
Verde Valley voters appear to have approved the Mingus Union School District budget increase override, according to unofficial results.

Voters approved the override 3,917 to 2,741, or 58.3 percent to 41.17...

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