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After a brief discussion over payroll, Jerome Town Council passed its final budget at its July 25 meeting 4-0. Councilwoman Alex Barber was absent from the meeting.

According to the budget, the town has $1.97 million available in its general fund, with a budgeted expenditure of $967,851.

Outside people who have experienced domestic violence, few understand how difficult it is to leave a violent partner.

Fewer still understand why victims stay as long as they do. The reason for the lack of understanding, according to Verde Valley Sanctuary Executive Director Matthew Kelley, is because the factors that contribute to domestic violence are so varied.

State Route 260 is shaping up nicely and on schedule, according to Arizona Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Ryan Harding.

After months of seeing mostly the movement of dirt and construction vehicles, permanent paving on the newly constructed eastbound roadway from Wilshire Road to Horseshoe Bend Drive has begun. Drainage features, box culverts and bridge stanchions are completed and under construction.

The bodies of two people were discovered by the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office July 18.

“[CVMO] responded to the 700 block of West Finnie Flat Road in Camp Verde in regards to a check welfare on the residents,” CVMO Chief Administrative Assistant Darby Martin said. “Upon arrival, deputies found two victims inside who were deceased.”

Since Jan. 1, Eric and Michele Jurisin have been in the process of expanding the Tavern Hotel.

Come late September or early October, it will be up and running. “It’s going really well,” Eric Jurisin said of the construction.

Two Camp Verde men are getting the professional chance of a lifetime, joining an elite crew of detailers responsible for giving Air Force One a presidential shine.

This week, July 24 through 30, Rob Fafrowicz and Rob Zubek of All in the Polish Detailing are taking part in a detailing event at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

After serving less than a year in an interim role, Barb Waak has been named Associate Dean of the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus and Sedona Center.

Waak is a 24-year veteran of teaching, the majority of it at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus. She graduated from Yavapai College with an associate degree in 1978 before moving on to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Capella University.

The city of Cottonwood Riverfront Reclamation Facility will not be making good on one of its original claims — that a major portion of the A+ quality reclaimed water it produces will be injected below groundwater sources.

On Jan. 3, the City Council unanimously approved a professional services contract for “an amount not to exceed $142,000” to Glendale-based Pineview Consulting to engineer and design an injection well and point-of-compliance well modification at Riverfront Park.

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