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Cottonwood Police Department’s animal control officers are frank about the No. 1 thing they would like to see the public do more often:

“Don’t take your pets to town with you,” CPD Ordnance Enforcement Officer Autumn Durnez, a seven-year veteran in her position, said. “They don’t need to go with you ... not into the store with you [but also] you just can’t leave an unattended animal in a car.”

The weekend is over and most of the motorcycles have rumbled out of town: Thunder Valley Rally successfully made it through its first year as a split-venue event, hosting revelers in Old Town and Riverfront Park — or, as it was known for the weekend, Freedom Bird Entertainment Park.

Though the numbers aren’t in yet, it’s fair to say many thousands made their way to the event. Last year’s TVR attracted over 8,500 people. On Saturday night, which featured headlining band Blue Öyster Cult, the majority of people interviewed expressed support for the split venue.

The failure of a major well is not something to celebrate, but it can reveal how investments in infrastructure pay off for the city of Cottonwood.

On Sept. 3, the pump in Well 5 failed, leaving nearby residents with a potential lack of drinking water. According to the city, Well 5 produces more than 1,000 gallons of drinking water per minute.

Some nights are quieter than others for Cottonwood Police Department: People stay at home watching Netflix and generally don’t cause trouble.

Then there are the other nights. As two recent incidents reveal, CPD officers are regularly forced to deal with difficult customers.

This weekend marks a first for Cottonwood’s signature Old Town event: After years on Main Street alone, Thunder Valley Rally will be split between two venues.

More than 2,000 residents of the Verde Villages, the Verde Valley’s largest community, live in poverty. With that poverty comes food insecurity.

Mike Newcomb, a former Amazon.com executive and wholesale food distributor, founded Manzanita Outreach in 2011 to address the gaps between food distribution services in communities like the Verde Villages.

According to a recent Huffington Post and YouGov poll, “more than a third of Americans say they or someone they know has been affected by the flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.”

Jet Foley, owner of Rendezvous in Old Town, better known as RIOT, is one such individual. Instead of contenting herself with giving to a charity or commiserating with friends, however, she is doing something that will directly impact afflicted people in her hometown of Spring, Texas, a suburb northwest of Houston.

As the region’s only Catholic school, Cottonwood’s Immaculate Conception Catholic School serves families throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona.

Despite substantial support from parishioners of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde and St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona, funding for the preschool at Immaculate Conception Catholic School has always been a challenge. Arizona Education Tax Credits cannot be applied to the preschool program and scholarships are not available for preschoolers.

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