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Mingus Avenue boasts the heaviest traffic of any arterial road in Cottonwood. It’s about to get even worse.

In anticipation of the beginning of the next section of the Mingus Avenue reconstruction project, from Willard Street to the Eighth Street wash, utility companies have been updating their service lines along the roadway.

Interacting via social media is an increasingly demanding aspect of law enforcement. As a recent interaction on Facebook reveals, the Cottonwood Police Department is informing the public and generating conversation — among suspects themselves, people acquainted with suspects and the general, sometimes over-invested, public.

Despite challenges, a program meant to curb the devastating effect of addiction on Cottonwood’s homeless population is closer to fruition.

The Cottonwood Police Department, in collaboration with the Cottonwood city prosecutor and public defender, Spectrum Healthcare Integrated Care Arizona and Angie’s House, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County.

Goodbye, Goodwill. Hello, Circle K.

On June 19, the city of Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved Circle K’s petition to close its existing 2,565-square-foot store, open since 1971 at the southwest corner of Main Street and E. Mingus Avenue, and construct a new 5,881-square-foot convenience store and gas station with a 5,053-square-foot fuel canopy directly north of the existing store.

Sometimes, it takes 18 years to get something that seems simple completed.

Take, for instance, the Tissaw Trailhead, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, June 27. The community of Cornville has long petitioned for a trailhead on Tissaw Road, where an informal parking lot has existed for years.

Erase the Stigma, Steps to Recovery Homes’ second annual mental health and addiction awareness event, took place at the Cottonwood Recreation Center Saturday, June 24, attracting people from across the region.

The event, which was free and open to the public, featured 28 resource booths from advocacy, charity and health care-related organizations. Food, drinks and day passes to the rec center were handed out to attendees for free.

Old Town Cottonwood is one step closer to seeing the ambitious Galileo 33 built.

On June 19 the city of Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a general plan amendment to change land use classifications for the project site from medium density residential and general commercial to planned development.

Although it’s an inconvenience, disposing of refuse — including that old couch that might find a second life in someone’s home or that broken dishwasher someone might be able to fix — is each individual’s responsibility.

Those driving past the Sedona Recycles’ Verde Village bins near Mingus Union High School during the last month, however, may realize that not everyone feels the same obligation to take care of their own junk.

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