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In cooperation with the Cornville Historical Society, the U. S. Postal Service will offer a special pictorial postmark at the dedication of the restored Cornville Post Office on Saturday, June 24. A special “Cornville Dedication Station” postmark was designed by the Society and approved for use by the Postal Service, with help from local postmaster John Rachel.

Erase the Stigma, Steps to Recovery Homes' second annual mental health and addiction awareness event, takes place at the Cottonwood Recreation Center Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m, to 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Food, drinks, and day passes to the rec center will be given to attendees for free. The event features seven featured experts speaking on subjects including grief, trauma and community awareness. In addition, a variety of organizations will be on hand at informational booths to answer questions about the related services they offer.

The property that once held the Cuban Queen has sold.

Jerome Planning and Zoning approved the sale, which will be zoned commercial. Zoning Administrator Kyle Dabney said at the town’s June 14 meeting the plans for the lot are still being drafted, but that it seemed the historic property would be rebuilt, after being blown down in a recent storm, with a plaque denoting changes made from the original. Its use is not yet known.

Camp Verde will have to wait a while more for word on Dennis Goodwin’s performance as superintendent of Camp Verde Unified School District.

After presenting data in support of his own self-evaluation June 6, Goodwin entered executive session for over two hours with the CVUSD Governing Board.

Vineyards at Cottonwood’s 550-home housing development may be the area’s newest subdivision project, but it is by no means the only one going.

Construction of new homes continues at Mesquite Hills in Cottonwood and Mountain Gate and Crossroads at Mingus in Clarkdale.

According to three of the Verde Valley’s city and town managers, allocation of fees from the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund are having a direct negative effect on transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance.

HURF fees are generated through motor fuel taxes and “fees and charges relating to the registration and operation of motor vehicles on the public highways of the state,” according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. “These collections include gasoline and use-fuel taxes, motor-carrier taxes, vehicle-license taxes, motor vehicle registration fees and other miscellaneous fees.”

As I drove up to the Cottonwood Police Department, my cell phone rang with an unknown number.

I was greeted with the voice of officer Kiedi Dever, “How soon will you be here? I just got a call about a bust and I need to be there to transport the suspects.”

Subdivision development in the Camp Verde area is a relatively recent phenomenon, hampered by a lack of infrastructure: Except for the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Tunlii community, a series of Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects that began in 2008 and continue to this day, it has been a decade and a half since a major housing development has come to fruition in the area.

“Camp Verde has historically been an agricultural community,” Community Development Director Carmen Howard said. “It’s developed organically as a result.”

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