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According to Susan Culp, a contractor for American Rivers in the Verde Valley, the Town of Camp Verde has a likely chance of earning a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area international designation.Terri Dlouhi, of Minnesota, observes an oriole’s nest in a tree at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. While Dead Horse is a known bird watching spot, Camp Verde is working to establish an Important Bird Area designation near the Verde River.

Arizona is one of the few states that does not have a statewide ban on cell phone use and texting by motorists. Yet, there are cities and counties — including Sedona — that ban this practice.Photo illustration Jordan Reece/Larson Newspapers

That’s where problems can arise, officials have said. When motorists, especially visitors to the state, drive through Arizona, in some areas it’s legal and others it’s not.

According to recently reelected Town of Camp Verde Mayor Charlie German, two elements are now in place to allow Camp Verde to expand: Northern Arizona Healthcare opened the doors of its Verde Valley Medical Center Camp Verde Campus and the Arizona Department of Transportation took its first steps toward realigning State Route 260.Charlie German is serving another term as the mayor of Camp Verde, having been recently reelected. According to German, both the Verde Valley Medical Center Camp Verde Campus and the Arizona Department of Transportation’s State Route 260 realignment project will help the town expand.

The first element, German said, fulfilled a longstanding need in the community — one German took upon himself to address with NAH administration before his election to mayor in 2013. At that point, building a facility in Camp Verde was No. 8 on the list of project priorities for NAH, according to German.

Prior to the opening of Camp Verde Community Library’s massive new facility, CVCL Director Kathy Hellman promised an increase in programs — many specifically designed to bring in students, families and individuals interested in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics subjects.File photo/Larson Newspapers

Leading up to election day, Laura J. Hamblin, a human resources and employment lawyer local to Prescott, wondered at the lack of information regarding Arizona Proposition 206.Roundtable participants at Camp Verde Community Library listen to an address by human resources and employment lawyer Laura J. Hamblin, top left. The event, hosted by the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, focused on the effects Proposition 206, passed by Arizona voters in November.

“I thought, ‘I can’t believe the business community is not educating voters as to the implications of this law,’” Hamblin said in a roundtable address hosted by the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 19. “All of the ads were for the proponents of [the proposition] .... Ignorance is not a defense. That’s where the chambers of commerce come in about educating employers.”

After spending considerable time talking about moving Camp Verde Unified School District back to a five-day school week, Superintendent Dennis Goodwin is singing a new tune.Dennis Goodwin is the superintendent of the Camp Verde Unified School District. While originally opposing the four-day school week, seeking to revert to the classic  five-day model, Goodwin has since changed his mind.

“I’ve become a convert,” Goodwin joked Thursday, Dec. 15, adding that the perception that student outcomes will improve simply by way of an additional weekday in school is probably incorrect. More important is that students have more complete weeks of schooling during the year.

Camp Verde’s ranchers and farmers are about to receive a boon by way of the Town Council: An amendment to the tax code.New Camp Verde Town Council members Buck Buchanan, left, and Dee Jenkins listen to a presentation concerning the amendment of a tax code. The amendment allows for an exemption of sales tax for the purchase of seed and chemical spray, feed for animals and animals bought for slaughter.

The amendment, approved by a 6-1 vote of the Camp Verde Town Council Dec. 7 allows for an exemption of sale tax for the purchase of seed and chemical spray, feed for animals and animals bought for slaughter.

Cliff Castle Casino’s six-story, 122-room hotel will start hosting guests Tuesday, April 4, but locals need not wait that long to see a portion of what’s been completed. On New Year’s Eve, the casino will unveil its new 5,000-square-foot multipurpose room and 300-car parking garage.Workers operate from scaffolding outside of Cliff Castle Casino’s new hotel. The smaller structure to the left will house an in-ground pool. The new hotel building is expected to be open in April, and on New Year’s Eve, the casino will unveil its new 5,000-square-foot multipurpose room, along with its 300-car parking garage.

“It’s a long time coming,” Marketing Operations Manager James Perry said. “People are excited about it.

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