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Almost four decades ago, artist couple Michael Kahn and Leda Livant Kahn came to Cornville and created what would become a three-acre hand-built art village — Eliphante.

The structures — originally intended to be the couple’s home — incorporate recycled materials and elements from the land. The labyrinthian dwellings along the banks of Oak Creek give off characteristics of storybook surrealism.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, Jan. 19, that in the event of a federal government shutdown, the state of Arizona is prepared to provide resources to keep the Grand Canyon open. The state is partnering in this effort with the National Park Service, with help from Arizona State Parks and Trails and the Arizona Office of Tourism.

Congress failed to reach a budget deal by midnight Jan. 19 to keep the federal government open. 

Federal agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Office located and apprehended Benjamin Fabian Pita in Tucson on Thursday, Dec. 14, according to a press release issued late Monday, Dec. 18.

Pita was arrested and booked on a federal parole violation warrant. Pita will remain in the Marshal's custody until the federal case is adjudicated.

As I showed up to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Camp Verde substation to begin my ride-along with Deputy Ashley Campbell, I didn’t know what to expect. I had no expectations for the day with the only intention of learning what it was like to be a sheriff’s deputy.

Little did I know, I was in for one of the most educational ride-alongs I have experienced to this day. I have to say, Campbell didn’t just provide an interesting ride-along; she also provided a very educational experience. She broke down everything she was doing into specific detail and the reasoning behind certain situations.'

A packed house of scholarship seekers participated in the third annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The event, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona in partnership with Yavapai College, brought together 17 scholarship providers. Students from American Heritage Academy, Camp Verde High School, Mingus Union High School, Sedona Red Rock High School, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education, Verde Valley School and Yavapai College attended.

Cottonwood police are looking for a suspect in an alleged stabbing on Friday, Dec. 8. 
Benjamin Fabian Pita is a 23-year-old Native American man, described as 6 feet tall, weighing 165 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos. Pita was last seen wearing a black-and-yellow shirt.

Pita is currently on supervised federal parole and the FBI has been notified of probable cause exists to arrest Pita, according to Cottonwood police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

A 22-month-old Cottonwood boy has died after a from a third-story window.

Cottonwood Police, Fire & Ambulance personnel responded Friday, Oct. 27, to the 1700 block of East Elm Street during the early evening for a report of a toddler who fell from a window on the third floor.

Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin placed Camp Verde Marshal Nancy Gardner on administrative leave Monday, Oct. 23.

According to Martin, in Camp Verde there are two types of administrative leave: Suspension for actions taken and suspension due to pending investigation.

"[The latter] is the case here," Martin said, adding that the town would be investigating the reasons for Gardner's forced leave to "clear the air" and to avoid the perception that the town's top law enforcement official was not receiving "special privileges."

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