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Driving along State Route 260, it’s impossible not to notice the bridge going up about a mile west of Cherry Creek Road.

“It’s really not that complicated a project,” said James Bramble, a resident engineer with Arizona Department of Transportation in charge of managing the State Route 260 improvement project. “The bridge will probably be complete by the end of the year .... Once that bridge is there, we’ll be able to put cars on it.”

Since the unveiling of Rockin’ River Ranch Park’s preliminary plan in June, Arizona State Parks and Trails has reduced the scope of the project considerably.

The budget for development of the park, $4 million allocated in Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2017-18 budget, has not changed, nor have the boundaries of the park itself. Rockin’ River sits along more than a mile of the Verde River in Camp Verde’s Salt Mine region. Arizona State Parks has owned the inaccessible property since 2008.

The city of Cottonwood has mailed its fourth citizen satisfaction survey to residents via their water/sewer utility bills.

According to the city, the purpose of sending the survey out with water bills is to allow “citizens who live outside the city boundaries [the] ability to provide feedback, as they are regular users of our facilities and community.”

Cottonwood is one step closer to a potential solution for an inoperable injection well at Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Cottonwood City Council approved a $123,233.41 contract with KP Ventures Well Drilling & Pump Co. for “the drilling, geophysical logging and development of a deep boring” at Cottonwood Kids Park adjacent to the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

The paper is good, the ink is bad: This is how Cottonwood Police Department described the counterfeit $50 and $100 bills a couple recently used to purchase items in Cottonwood and Jerome.

“It appears the counterfeit money is made using $1 and $5 bills and converting them to $100 and $50 bills,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said. “This means, if a merchant is using the counterfeit detection pen to determine its authenticity, the pen will indicate it is a legitimate bill. That’s because the paper used is authentic and that is what the pen reacts to.”

Following the cutting of a fiber-optic line along State Route 260 Aug. 9, many Verde Valley residents lost phone and internet service.

According to CenturyLink Arizona media representative Karen Parry, the accident occurred in Camp Verde, in new road construction near Cherry Creek Road, when a “third party” individual or individuals severed one of CenturyLink’s lines. The resulting outage impacted CenturyLink’s 911 emergency response and internet services in and around Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

The Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting Aug. 8.

The IGA between the districts, which the VACTE Governing Board unanimously approved Aug. 4, stipulates no less than a 70/30 percent split in CVUSD’s favor: For the 2017-18 school year, at least 70 percent of funding generated through high school campus attendance in VACTE’s programs goes to the high school, while no more than 30 percent goes to VACTE.

Spectrum Healthcare Group has officially opened the doors of its renovated facility at 452 Finnie Flat Road.

The upgraded interior, which guests toured during an open house Aug. 4, marks an expansion of Spectrum’s operations in Camp Verde beyond counseling, case management and psychiatry to include primary care and pediatrics. Most services are accessible the same day of a patient’s visit.

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