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A Camp Verde man reported missing earlier this month has been found dead, according to the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office.

Dan Maxson, 55, was reported missing after disappearing from his home May 10, the last place he was seen by his family.

Family members reported Maxson missing May 16.

The Camp Verde Fire District put out a request for help in the search May 20.

Later that same evening, however, a body was found by an employee of a local irrigation ditch company, said Kristi Gagnon, fire marshal for the district.

The employee of the Verde Ditch Company found the body around 5:30 p.m. in a culvert off of Vail Lane and called the marshal’s office.

The body was later identified as Maxson’s.

As of now, investigators don’t believe that foul play was a factor in the death.

“It appears he may have accidentally fallen into the water,” Gagnon said. “They’re waiting on the results of an autopsy.”

Maxson’s vehicle was still at his residence, and initial reports indicated that someone may have picked him up.

Early investigation looked into a report that Maxson had been seen at a gas station in Rimrock, but that was never confirmed.

Maxson suffered from medical issues related to a stroke, according to the fire district, and had difficulty walking as well as slurred speech and an amputated right hand.

“Dan is a long-time member of the Camp Verde Community,” Gagnon said in the initial appeal to the public to help look for the missing man.

Maxson was a volunteer with the Camp Verde Fire District for several years and more recently worked in the propane business.

The Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting Maxson’s autopsy to determine his cause of death.

 

After nearly seven years encamped as the leader of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest, District Ranger Heather Provencio is moving on to “whiter” pastures.

District Ranger Heather Provencio, of the Red Rock Ranger District, will be moving to Colorado in June to become the deputy forest  supervisor for the White River National Forest. Provencio spent seven years as the RRRD district ranger.Provencio was announced as the new deputy forest supervisor for the White River National Forest in Colorado in April and will be leaving the district to begin her duties there at the end of May.

Provencio first went to work for the Forest Service after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in anthropology and archeology in 1985.

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

 

A decade ago, Richard Corey sat down and wrote a book. Now it’s finally been published, and some of the proceeds are going to help local animals.

Author Richard Estrada Corey hopes to educate children about the importance of care and compassion around fellow humans and the animal world with his book “Bloodline The Doberman Family.”“Bloodline: The Doberman Family” follows the story of Lily the Doberman pinscher and her family, six little puppies and their father Buck. Raised in cages, the dogs work as security animals at a junkyard in Phoenix. After life gets tougher for the canine family, Lily decides that this is no life for her puppies. The dogs escape and the book goes on to chronicle their adventures as mom tries to provide a life free from hate and fear for her puppies.

Since writing this story, Corey said he has gone on to write five more books in the series, further chronicling the adventures of the dogs as they continue to make their way around Arizona, including some stops in a few places that would probably be familiar to Verde Valley residents.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 22, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

 

Concertgoers who attended the Verde Valley Voices Spring show at Mingus Union High School on Saturday, May 4, had a chance to hear a unique string instrument from Japan called the koto, thanks to Sedona’s own Misuzu Kitazumi.

Misuzu Kitazumi is a music teacher at Verde Valley School in the Village of Oak Creek and Southwestern Academy in Rimrock. Kitazumi was born in Japan and moved to California to better her education. She now plays the koto, a Japanese instrument, to keep traditional Japanese music alive.Originally from Japan, Kitazumi decided upon completion of junior high school that she wanted a better education than what she had been receiving, and enrolled in a boarding school in California, later earning a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Music degree in the same field.

“I was born and raised in Japan, until junior high. I realized the Japanese educational system is not quite as good as the American [system]. So I decided to come by myself,” she said. “I moved to California, where I kind of rediscovered my connections to music. I applied to the California Institute of the Arts and got my bachelor degree, and continued studying for my master’s at the University of Redlands.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 15, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

 

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left more than two dozen dead last December, including 20 young children, schools across the country have taken a hard look at the safety measures they have in place and how they might possibly be improved.

The Clarkdale-Jerome School District is considering measures to improve safety and security of their school including installing cameras and fencing.Some ideas, like an unannounced drill at an Oregon school where two men entered a teacher’s meeting and started firing blanks, might be a little too much for some.

At the Clarkdale-Jerome School District, the administration is taking the approach of querying residents of the district on what measures they would like to see in place.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 1, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.

Sedona and Cottonwood have put it all on the line in a battle of pride. Sedona City Manager Tim Ernster and Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh, have created a “friendly competition” and challenged each other in competing cycling teams representing their cities.

Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh proudly displays his cruiser bike Friday, May 10 (left). Bartosh said he’s been training for his competition with Sedona City Manager Tim Ernster (right) at the Bike MS: Ride the Vortex-Sedona Verde Valley ride Saturday, May 18.The men will see who can ride the most miles in the upcoming Bike MS: Ride the Vortex-Sedona Verde Valley cycling event.

“In order to be successful in this event a cyclist needs three things, to be in excellent shape, have superior equipment and a winning attitude. Well, I have the winning attitude, I am not in the best shape and I bought my bike for a $100, 15 years ago,” Ernster said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 15, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


A 72-year-old Cottonwood man died at a Phoenix hospital around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, after a head-on crash on Cornville Road just west of Recycler Road at 7:50 a.m. that injured another adult and two 9-year-old children.

A gold sedan and a westbound cable truck collided in the early morning Wednesday, May 9. The driver of the sedan, 72-year-old Hakim Amin, was flown to Flagstaff, but died later in the evening. His two 9-year-old children and the 22-year-old driver of the cable truck were also injured. Emergency crews prepare to airlift a patient following the crash.Hakim Amin was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center immediately after the accident. He was then flown to Barrow Institute in Phoenix, where he died. The collision lead to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office closing Cornville Road as first responders treated the injured and investigated the accident.

A fund has been set up at the cottonwood Wells Fargo Bank as the Hakim and Heather FUnd to assist in medical expenses for Hakim Amin's 9 year old twins who were severely injured. At home now, the children are recovering at home in the care of their mother, Heather Hakola. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

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

 

A head-on collision on Cornville Road lead to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office closing Cornville Road as first responders treat the injured and investigate the accident.

A head-on collision on Cornville Road lead to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office closing Cornville Road as first responders treat the injured and investigate the accident.A westbound cable truck struck a gold vehicle contaning a father and his two children, ages 10 and 14.

The driver of the cable truck was taken by ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center.

The father in the passenger vehicle was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center. One of the children was airlifted to Phoenix Children's Hospital. The second child was taken by ambulance to VVMC.

Cornville Road will remain closed until approximately 12:30 p.m. according to Dwight D'Evelyn YCSO's public relations officer.

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