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On Tuesday, July 18, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office responded to the 700 block of West Finnie Flat Road in Camp Verde in regards to a check welfare on the residents.

Upon arrival, Deputies found two victims inside who were deceased. They were identified as 74-year old Martene J. Ross and her 48-year old son, Jessey W. Ross.

Names exert enormous influence on people’s lives, yet people generally don’t get to choose their names.

Fortunately for the Town of Camp Verde, the public does have some say on what names are attached to town facilities.

For the third consecutive year, Camp Verde Unified School District is raising its teachers’ salaries.

On July 11, the CVUSD Governing Board unanimously approved a 1.06 percent teacher wage increase for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Jerome Town Council passed two ordinances at its meeting on July 11.

The public works director may now live within 15 miles of town limits after Ordinance No. 431 passed in a 4-1 vote. Previously, the director, along with the police and fire chiefs, town manager and town clerk all had to reside within town limits. This left the public works director position unfilled.

Increasingly, libraries act as a great deal more than places to borrow books: Especially in rural Arizona and among less economically advantaged populations, libraries provide a link to technologies, educational opportunities and the larger community.

Thanks to Library Services and Technology Act funding, Cottonwood Public Library is becoming even better at connecting with diverse populations.

“We’ve been attacked, over and over again,” Vincent Randall said of his people, the Apache.

Randall, who acts as the Apache Culture Director for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, said that since the 1870s, when three major Apache groups in what is now Arizona surrendered to the U.S. government, Apache culture has been targeted for extermination — first, through the removal of spiritual leaders and installation of people “who could be controlled,” and second, through the replacement of traditional beliefs and values with those of the larger culture that came to inhabit the U.S.

Not too long ago, walking on the shoulder of the road — even in the most trafficked areas of town — was the norm in Camp Verde.

The practice was dangerous. It slowed down automobile traffic considerably and discouraged pedestrian travel.

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce has outgrown its old home at the southwest corner of Main Street and State Route 260, moving its administrative offices and visitor center to the more spacious 2,500-square-foot office space at 849 Cove Parkway.

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christian Oliva del Rio said the chamber and visitor center had been stuffed into the under-1,000-square-foot building at the foot of the Home Depot parking lot for far too long.

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