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Conservation group Friends of the Verde River began with just a few volunteers passionate about river conservation. Ten years later, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit has grown in numbers, merged with other environmental groups and has become a major leader in protecting the Verde River.
 
Friends Board President Chip Norton, who joined the group in 2009, said he feels that river conservation should be a bipartisan effort, which is key in promoting community stewardship.

Cottonwood Police are looking for a 28-year-old Clarkdale man on suspicion of armed robbery and assault.
 
On the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 10, Lewis Bradley committed an armed robbery and struck a victim in the head, then took their bike, bag and money on the 600 block of W. Mingus Avenue, said Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

This year, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education welcomed increases in enrollment in both satellite and central campus programs. Now, after a lengthy renova- tion process — undertaken by VACTE construction program teacher, Travis Black, and his eight inaugural high school mentees — the district has successfully made the move to its new campus.

Once an open-air facility that housed Flip City Gym, the 7,700-square- foot suite at 3405 State Route 89A has been altered into a series of classrooms, workrooms, storage spaces and offices. The building use permits are pending the last and final city of Cottonwood inspections.

Phoenix resident Alberto Savvedra Lopez was arrested on a felony theft charge after he arrived at the Cottonwood Police Department for what he thought would be a job interview on Thursday, Jan. 4, according to Cottonwood Police.
 
Lopez, a 32-year-old employee at the Bank of America branch in Cottonwood, stole $5,000 from the bank between July and September 2016, according to a theft report the bank filed in October 2016.

Labeling anything a “senior activity” can be tricky. Nonetheless, it’s unlikely that any locals under the age of 50 are avid pickleball players.

Pickleball, a paddle sport similar to tennis but combining elements of table tennis and badminton, is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, according to the USA Pickleball Association.

At the outset of the year, Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German and Cottonwood Mayor Timothy Elinski are thinking priorities. With the economy hopefully on an extended upswing, growth and infrastructure are top on the mayors’ minds.

Housing developments, new businesses and renovations are commencing in both municipalities in concert with extensive evaluations and improvements of roads, resource services and facilities.

The Cottonwood Police Department conducted saturation patrols targeting drunk or impaired drivers during the holiday season between Nov. 23 and Jan. 3.

Camp Verde area nonprofit leaders, take note: The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona is hosting a free grant workshop at Camp Verde Community Library on Thursday, Jan. 18.

The workshop is required for any organization seeking grant funding through the ACF of Sedona’s 2018 competitive grant process, which begins Thursday, March 1, and ends Wednesday, March 21. All grant applicants, whether nonprofits, public schools, municipalities or tribal entities, must provide services within the Verde Valley or Sedona.

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