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The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a series of Public Comment Meetings regarding the settlement in the Arizona Public Service Company (APS) rate case.


The agreement includes a rate hike of $6 per month for the average customer instead of the $11 it was originally seeking.

Arizona Corporation CommissionAPS filed its rate case in June. Thirty of the 40 parties, including Corporation Commission Staff and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) agreed to the settlement terms .The agreement still requires a vote by the Commissioners.

A vote will take place after public comment hearings and hearings before an Administrative Law Judge allowing stakeholders and interveners to weigh in on the settlement terms.

The next Public Comment Hearing will take place Wednesday, March 29, in Clarkdale, at Yavapai College's Verde Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, in Clarkdale, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although the Arizona Corporation Commission stated future meetings would be posted on the website at www.azcc.gov under Open Meeting Calendar and Agendas, this meeting has not yet been noticed.

The public can file comments on line at www.azcc.gov and clicking Utilities Division. You can read the entire settlement agreement by going to eDocket and entering docket number E-01345A-16-0036 or you can CLICK HERE.

A police officer was shot in the leg, two suspects were shot and one suspect was killed in brawl between at least eight suspects, eight police officers and store employee in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Cottonwood on Saturday, March 21.

Cottonwood police and Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives investigate the scene of the Saturday, March 21, shooting Sunday morning.At approximately 11:52 p.m., Cottonwood Police Department received a call from the Cottonwood Wal-Mart reporting that a female Wal-Mart employee had been assaulted in the store by multiple suspects.

When officers arrived the suspects were in the parking lot and immediately attacked the responding officers, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. During the altercation, one of the Cottonwood officers was shot in his leg. It is unclear who fired the round.

One of the suspects, who has been identified by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office as Enoch Gaver, was shot and killed. Police have not released his age.

A second suspect, David Gaver, 28, was shot in the abdomen. Seven other suspects from the Gaver family were eventually taken into custody.

A total of eight officers and another Wal-Mart employee were assaulted in the parking lot during the fight. Seven of those officers sustained minor injuries to include lacerations and bruising.

The officer injured by the gunshot, Sgt. Jeremy Daniels, was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The 31-year-old officer has been with CPD for about 10 years and should make a full recovery, according to DPS.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, March. 25, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


A tour bus that attempted to make a U-turn on County Road and Clark Street in Jerome has blocked traffic in both directions, according to witnesses.

A tour bus got stuck trying to make a U-turn in JeromeTraffic into the mountain town has been backing up from both the Clarkdale and from over Mingus Mountain in the direction of Prescott.

20150310_142011Jerome police and fire crews attempted to manuever a crane to the area to help move the bus, according to witnesses.

In the meantime, crews removed the rear bumper and pulled it loose with the fire truck up County Road.

Jerome traffic was at a standstill for roughly two hours, according to witnesses.

Special thanks to Don Kirchner for providing photos from the scene.




A sinkhole in the roadway that closed State Route 89A at the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks has been filled, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The highway was closed in both directions between mileposts 387-390, north of Sedona. Motorists used Interstate 17 as an alternate route.

"The actual sinkhole is located at approximately milepost 287, below the switchbacks," according to Sedona City Manager Tim Ernster.

The closure was in place through Tuesday, Feb. 10.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.

Three boys from Mingus Union High School were arrested by Tuesday, Feb. 3, by Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies on charges of kidnapping and sexual assualt of a fellow student.

According to YCSO public information office Dwight D'Evelyn, deputies were dispatched to the reported sexual assault of a female student who attends Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood.

Just before 6 a.m. On Friday, Jan. 23, a 1999 Maroon Jeep Laredo heading northbound on Beaverhead Flat Road at mile marker 3 in Cornville left the roadway, overturned and landed on a small hill alongside the road.

Just before 6 a.m. On Friday, Jan. 23, a 1999 Maroon Jeep Laredo heading northbound on Beaverhead Flat Road at mile marker 3 in Cornville left the roadway, overturned and landed on a small hill alongside the road.According the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the driver has been identified as 21-year-old Kaelyn Curry, of Clarkdale.

The city of Cottonwood is looking at banning cigarette smoking in municipal parks.State law has prohibited smoking at non-tobacco-focused  businesses and within 25 feet of public entrances. The city of Cottonwood is considering banning smoking in parks.

The City Council directed town employees to come up with a proposed ordinance after a work session Tuesday, Dec. 9.

The Town of Camp Verde will be looking at what steps to take this week regarding opposition to a sales tax on food.For many families, grocery shopping for the week is done on Sundays, and people hustle and bustle in and out of Camp Verde’s grocery store. The Town Council recently cleared the way for a food tax, which did not sit well with the public. A petition to bring the issue to the ballot has garnered enough signatures to pass.

The town currently charges no tax on food, a practice that differs from neighboring communities.

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