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A study released by the Sierra Club argues that flows in the upper Verde River could become intermittent within the next two decades if current drought conditions and other trends continue.

After monitoring the flow of the Upper Verde River for the past five years, the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club released a report arguing that flows in the river could become intermittent within the next two decades.“The upper Verde River has been retreating downstream from its former headwaters for at least the last 40 years,” the report said. “As the river retreats downstream and its base flow decreases, the upper Verde River is literally ‘going with the flow.’”

The Arizona Water Sentinels, Sierra Club volunteers that have been monitoring the river, have been taking measurements in the upper Verde River since 2006.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 19, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

 

Wildfire is increasingly becoming a matter of grave concern in national forests, especially in the West. The nation has experienced some of the worst wildfire seasons on record over the last decade, and the conditions that led to several of the most catastrophic fires are still prevalent this year.

Several brush fires, believed to be caused by a vehicle, erupted around 9:30 a.m. on both sides of State Route 260 and milepost 214 on June 12, in Camp Verde. The fires were quickly extinguished, but consumed approximately one-quarter of an acre. A driver passing by used a fire extinguisher and put out one of the small spot fires. The road was closed for safety precautions, stopping traffic in both directions for approximately 30 minutes.In addition to generally warmer, dryer weather, large portions of forest lands in the West have been invaded by bark beetles, leaving them tinderbox vulnerable to sweeping wildfires.

Tom Tidwell, the chief of the U.S. Forest Service, gave a statement before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on June 4 about the challenges the Forest Service is facing in the wake of rapidly changing climates.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 19, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


 

Out of Africa Wildlife Park has a new attraction at the park that is sure to excite adventure-seekers, as the Predator Zip Line officially opened Saturday, June 15.

Tyler McCallum, a zip line guide, heads into a tower at Out of Africa Wildlife Park. The Predator Zip Line had its grand opening on Saturday, June 15, in Camp Verde. The five zip lines carry  passengers over lions, tigers, zebras and giraffes.The zip line tour covers much of the park, taking guests over the pens of several predatory animals, including lions, tigers, leopards, bears and wolves.

The new attraction is the brainchild of business partners Robin Bryer and Ed White, former investors who were looking for something new.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 19, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


A swift-moving wildfire, which began north of Prescott around 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 18, has spread to more than 7,000 acres in the last 21 hours. Smoke from the fire drifted over the Verde Valley late into the day.

The sun sets behind clouds from the Doce Pit Fire drifting over the Verde Valley. This photo was shot near Red Rock Crossing.For comparison, the 2006 Brins Fire north of Sedona took 10 days to burn 4,317 acres.

Fire managers have called in three Type 1 air tankers, four helicopters, 16 fire crews and 27 engines for a total of 512 personnel. A Southwest Area Type I Incident Management Team will arrive Wednesday, June 19 to assume management of the fire.

Homes in the Granite Lakes area of Prescott, along Iron Springs Road, are under mandatory evacuation, according to David McAtee, community relations and public information officer with Yavapai County Community Health Services.

Smoke from the Doce Pit Fire is not yet at levels in populated areas that might cause harm currently. As long as you can still see things that are 5 to 10 miles away you can be reasonably sure you won’t have a medical emergency caused by smoke inhalation. Conditions are being monitored and communities will be alerted as needed, according to McAtee.

At night the falling air temperatures tend to cause smoke to move to lower elevations, according to McAtee. Communities near the fire might be affected by poor air quality and residents are advised to stay tuned to radios and scanners for alerts. Residents can help their community by checking on neighbors, especially if they live alone, are elderly, or have heart or lung disease.

There’s a new manager at the Adopt for Life Center for Animals in Cottonwood, operated by the Verde Valley Humane Society.

The new manager of the Adopt for Life Center for Animals, Maryann Canning, plays at the shelter Friday, May 31 with a  shepherd mixed-breed named Teela who is waiting to be adopted into a new home.Maryann Canning has been in and out of the shelter for the past week as she transitions from her old job in a physician’s office, but plans to be at the shelter full time by Monday, June 10.

The opportunity for working at the shelter came up and Canning, who always had a love of working with animals, decided to take the opportunity.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 5, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

The Verde River is more than just a place to recreate.

A bee gathers pollen from a velvet mesquite [Prosopis velutina] flower, from which mesquite honey is made. The velvet mesquite is one of the endangered plants along the Verde River — a vital source to many animals as well as humans.Clarkdale-Jerome School, in partnership with the Verde Natural Resource Conservation District, has received a $500 award from the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative — called the Sustainable in Education for the 21st Century Award for its Top Ten Wanted Dead or Alive Species Program.

The program educate the seventh-grade students about the economic, social and ecological impact of native and invasive species in the Verde River Basin.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 29, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

The allure of Jerome summons visitors from all over the world. Its haunting charm has been the backdrop to many artistic and creative endeavors, which is why the founder of the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival Toni Ross thought it to be an ideal location to showcase their venue.

The town of Jerome, including the Jerome Fire Station, will host a weekend filled with the inspired magic of independent films, concerts, parties, workshops, award ceremonies and red carpet galas Thursday through Sunday, June 13 to 16. The town of Jerome will host a weekend filled with the inspired magic of independent films, concerts, parties, workshops, award ceremonies and red carpet galas Thursday through Sunday, June 13 to 16.

Event organizers are bursting at the seams with excitement because they know that they have the right recipe of quirky, scary and amazing. And what better place to celebrate emerging new film and musical talent than in Jerome, a town known for its eclectic mix of hippies, artists, bikers and all the subcultures in between.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 29, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

A small business incubator will soon be opening its doors in the old Boler’s Bar building on Main Street, with a local art gallery as the first to use its services.

The Boler’s Bar building on South Main Street in Camp Verde was purchased by the new business, Verde Portal, with plans to incubate small businesses. While the outside of the building will remain the same, the inside will feature offices, a gallery and a wine tasting room.A business incubator is a property where new or struggling small businesses could locate in an effort to spur the local economy.

While for decades the building was home to countless individuals looking to wet their whistles with a cold beer or shoot a game of pool, soon the familiar local landmark will be home to a conference room and technology that will assist local businesses in their development.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 1, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

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