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Following Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin’s performance evaluation, which took place in executive session of the Town Council Sept. 6, Martin discussed the noteworthy accomplishments of his seven-year tenure.

When Martin took on the role of town manager, he came up with a list of goals he wanted the town to see effected. Now, that list is nearly exhausted.

In 1961, it probably seemed unlikely that the tradition of the Colonel’s Daughter contest would last another half century and more.

Regardless, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, Fort Verde State Historic Park will host the 57th annual Fort Verde Days’ Colonel’s Daughter Contest, mirroring the longstanding tradition in Midwestern and Western communities of naming a local rodeo queen, while putting a distinctly Camp Verdean spin on it.

Cottonwood Police Department’s animal control officers are frank about the No. 1 thing they would like to see the public do more often:

“Don’t take your pets to town with you,” CPD Ordnance Enforcement Officer Autumn Durnez, a seven-year veteran in her position, said. “They don’t need to go with you ... not into the store with you [but also] you just can’t leave an unattended animal in a car.”

The weekend is over and most of the motorcycles have rumbled out of town: Thunder Valley Rally successfully made it through its first year as a split-venue event, hosting revelers in Old Town and Riverfront Park — or, as it was known for the weekend, Freedom Bird Entertainment Park.

Though the numbers aren’t in yet, it’s fair to say many thousands made their way to the event. Last year’s TVR attracted over 8,500 people. On Saturday night, which featured headlining band Blue Öyster Cult, the majority of people interviewed expressed support for the split venue.

At a joint school district governing boards meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13, superintendents and governing board members of the seven Verde Valley school districts round-table interviewed eight candidates for state superintendent of public instruction.

Sedona Red Rock High School hosted the event in its cafeteria, with Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter facilitating.

In the most contested race of the upcoming elections in November 2018, eight candidates are vying to replace Republican Diane Douglas, who has yet to announce whether she will run for reelection, as state superintendent of public instruction.

According to Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas [R], the state loses about
40 percent of new teachers during their first two years of instruction.

As part of her “We Are Listening” town hall tour, Douglas spoke with school administrators, district governing board members and Verde Valley community members at West Sedona School Monday, Sept. 11. She took questions for two hours, addressing concerns about school funding, teacher pay, instruction and legislative activities impacting education.

Douglas tackled the issue of teacher pay numerous times. She said low salaries are impacting the state’s ability to attract and keep talented teachers, ultimately resulting in negative student outcomes on a variety of fronts.

The failure of a major well is not something to celebrate, but it can reveal how investments in infrastructure pay off for the city of Cottonwood.

On Sept. 3, the pump in Well 5 failed, leaving nearby residents with a potential lack of drinking water. According to the city, Well 5 produces more than 1,000 gallons of drinking water per minute.

Some nights are quieter than others for Cottonwood Police Department: People stay at home watching Netflix and generally don’t cause trouble.

Then there are the other nights. As two recent incidents reveal, CPD officers are regularly forced to deal with difficult customers.

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