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Fort Verde Days celebrated its 60th year as downtown Camp Verde’s feature event last weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13 through 15.

A celebration of the town’s culture and history that focuses on the military influence of Fort Verde, the event featured daily programming including a carnival, beer garden, Camp Verde High School’s art fair, a Pinewood Derby race, the craft fair and free entry to the Fort Verde State Historic Park.

Appearances can be deceiving: A person walking away from a residence soon to be engulfed in flames does not necessarily equal “suspect of arson.”

Just after sunrise on Oct. 7, a residential structure fire was reported in the 3000 block of Stevens Road in the Verde Lakes area of Camp Verde.

Camp Verde is moving into a future that sees no conflict between growth and ecology.

On Oct. 4, Camp Verde Town Council voted to become a member of Arizona Forward, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to balancing economic development and environmental quality.

Done right, a housing development is generally a good thing for a community, spurring economic and community development long past the initial construction phase.

Last month, Scottsdale-based CFT Ventures announced its plan to build the Silverado at Simonton Ranch development located on property west of the Bashas’ shopping center. As proposed, Silverado is a 55-plus community of 585 lots, each of which will contain a 1,300- to 1,800-square-foot manufactured home.

Seven months after its anticipated completion, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is not yet open.

In early 2016, the Yavapai-Apache Nation and co-developer DreamCatcher Hotels signed a contract with Scottsdale-based A.R. Mays Construction, naming A.R. as construction contractor for the project and setting a “substantial completion” date of March 1. Substantial completion means that construction work is completed enough to allow commercial use of the property.

A decade ago, “self-published author” was considered an insult in the ranks of authors. Not any longer.

Even the most traditional of publishing gatekeepers — that is, libraries — have come to terms with the reality that the community of selfpublished, or indie, authors is a force to be reckoned with.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Camp Verde Community Library will put its support behind indie authors, participating in the second annual Indie Author Day celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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