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Scottsdale-based CFT Ventures, a father and son development team, presented the Silverado at Simonton Ranch development to the community Thursday, Sept. 21, at Camp Verde Community Library.

“Our approach to this is [as] a legacy project for my family,” Patrick Clifton said, describing the 55-plus community of 585 lots as a different addition to the area — an “active older living community” that would one day be managed by his son, Ian Clifton. “We’re not a typical merchant sale development.”

Following Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin’s performance evaluation, which took place in executive session of the Town Council Sept. 6, Martin discussed the noteworthy accomplishments of his seven-year tenure.

When Martin took on the role of town manager, he came up with a list of goals he wanted the town to see effected. Now, that list is nearly exhausted.

In 1961, it probably seemed unlikely that the tradition of the Colonel’s Daughter contest would last another half century and more.

Regardless, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, Fort Verde State Historic Park will host the 57th annual Fort Verde Days’ Colonel’s Daughter Contest, mirroring the longstanding tradition in Midwestern and Western communities of naming a local rodeo queen, while putting a distinctly Camp Verdean spin on it.

Let it never be said that Camp Verde is lagging behind Cottonwood or Sedona when it comes to commercial development: Four national chains are developing properties in town.

Circle K’s construction of a second area store on Finnie Flat Road south of Bashas’, stalled since its announcement at the beginning of 2016, is set to begin soon, according to Camp Verde community development director Carmen Howard.

By promoting longstanding officers to supervisor positions, Camp Verde Marshal’s Office is creating a leadership team based upon experience and community mindedness.

During the Camp Verde Town Council meeting Sept. 6, Brandon Collins received a sergeant badge and Tom Baizel received a corporal badge.

Both officers’ spouses pinned their badges on their uniforms.

Traditions often start in small ways: A potluck at your best friend’s, a candle placed on a mantle to remember a departed loved one.

Or, traditions can start off with a bang. In 2015, during the inaugural Scarecrows Around Town event, nearly 100 scarecrows were erected around town in celebration of the upcoming Fort Verde Days.

The opportunity to destroy a home in order to train firefighters doesn’t come around often. As a result, firefighters in the Verde Valley get a little excited when someone is kind enough to donate their property to the greater good.

On Thursday, Aug. 31, over a dozen crew members of Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority ignited a property at 25 Montezuma Castle Highway in Camp Verde.

When Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner began her tenure five-and-a-half years ago, she discovered that 90 percent of the animals captured by CVMO Animal Control were euthanized.

The year prior to her taking command, the department put down 354 dogs and cats.

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