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They say victory is sweet — though in this case it’s more appropriate to say victory is savory and spicy, full of meat and beans.

In May, city of Cottonwood Mayor Timothy Elinski won the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off’s community challenge, beating out Sedona’s city manager Justin Clifton, and winning $250. On Monday, Sept. 25, Elinski took those winnings and donated them to Cottonwood Public Library’s children’s services department toward the purchase of new books and materials.

If you drove past the Vineyards at Cottonwood construction site in August, you likely saw stalled progress while the city and the developer, Prescott-based Granite Mountain Asset Management, came to terms on a financing assurance agreement.

Located at Grosetta Ranch Road and State Route 89A, Vineyards at Cottonwood is a master-planned community of 100.83 acres and approximately 550 homes. The projected length for build-out is seven to 10 years, comprising six housing phases, each with similar mixes of single-family, patio homes and condominiums.

Those who criticize the city of Cottonwood for encouraging thousands of bikers to visit each year may need to eat their words: Despite attracting a significantly higher number of participants this year, Thunder Valley Rally did not result in significant disturbances to the peace.

“It looks like we had about the same amount of calls for service as last year, but fewer calls for service for TVR specifically,” Cottonwood Police Department Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said. “[We had] nine calls total relating to TVR, with one arrest of a Cottonwood citizen for assault at the event itself.”

From the Cottonwood Police Department: On Wednesday, Sept. 27, at about 8 a.m. Cottonwood Police Department received a call from an individual reporting a body in the Verde River. The reporting person had been hiking along the Verde River near Dead Horse State Park when he discovered the body.

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.

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