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Acclimating to a new office can be a challenge, especially when the former occupant served in his role for two decades.

Following his announcement that he would not seek a sixth term as Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor, Chip Davis made way for former Cottonwood City Councilman Randy Garrison to take over earlier this year.

District 3 comprises communities in the Cottonwood and Sedona area.

During a public forum on Jan. 31, community members voiced support for keeping a four-day school week at Camp Verde Unified School District — a viewpoint sustained by a 3-to-2 vote by the CVUSD Governing Board Tuesday, Feb. 14.

CVUSD Governing Board members Eric Lawton, Christine Schneider and Tim Roth voted for the measure, while President Helen Freeman and member Kitty McDowell voted against it.

Archaeology and history buffs rejoice: The Arizona Parks and Trails Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, held in March, provides activities throughout the Verde Valley.

According to Arizona State Parks Public Information Officer Monica Enriquez, the events are intended to preserve cultural resources through education. Each year, the ASPD leverages its own resources along with other organizations toward this effort.

Given his perceived influence in the presidential election, FBI Director James Comey — the man responsible for communicating with the public concerning then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server — has become a polarizing figure.

Comey addressed his part in the election season’s drama during an hour-long meeting at the FBI Headquarters in Phoenix, Feb. 1.

Thunder Valley Rally is moving.

Cottonwood City Council voted 4-2 to continue its relationship with TVR under an alternate plan presented by the TVR Committee on Feb. 7.

The committee’s alternate plan, often portrayed as a compromise, was to move the main music stages to Riverfront Park, while only closing Main Street in Old Town for a few yet-to-be-determined hours in the afternoon.

The Verde Valley isn’t particularly known for its tech industries, but with any luck the next decade will see a boom in jobs created and housed in the area.

Prior to his election to mayor of Cottonwood last year, Timothy Elinski expressed a desire to see the Verde Valley become an “entrepreneurial hub” for tech-friendly companies, and praised community efforts to make the Verde Valley Sci-Tech Festival such a success.

After receiving its certificate of occupancy last month, Paul Nowak of BRLS Properties said the 27,000 square-foot marijuana grow facility at 2051 SR 260 is about two months away from production readiness.

“We’re done with the exterior construction,” Nowak said Monday, Feb. 6. “We’re still doing some interior renovation.”

To some, it’s the sticks and stems that are where the money’s at.

Arizona State Sen. Sonny Borrelli [R-District 5] introduced SB 1337, a bill that would allow the commercial growth and processing of hemp in Arizona.

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