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The paper is good, the ink is bad: This is how Cottonwood Police Department described the counterfeit $50 and $100 bills a couple recently used to purchase items in Cottonwood and Jerome.

“It appears the counterfeit money is made using $1 and $5 bills and converting them to $100 and $50 bills,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said. “This means, if a merchant is using the counterfeit detection pen to determine its authenticity, the pen will indicate it is a legitimate bill. That’s because the paper used is authentic and that is what the pen reacts to.”

Taxpayers who assumed the city of Cottonwood lapsed in its duty by not drilling an exploratory well for wastewater injection prior to the construction of the Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation facility may want to reconsider their stances, natural resources director Tom Whitmer said.

“Realistically, they shouldn’t be upset. Disappointed? Yes. But not upset.”

Solving the parking problem in Jerome will have to wait.

Jerome Town Council delayed a decision on ordinance No. 432, which would implement a parking permit requirement on selected streets in town.

The ordinance will be addressed again at council’s October meeting. Until then, many of the issues brought up during the call to the public will be examined and, if possible, implemented into the wording of the law.

Constructed in 1939, the Cottonwood Civic Center has been a central feature of Old Town for its entire existence.

Most recently, prior to the construction of the Cottonwood Recreation Center, it hosted the vast majority of indoor recreational programming. However, since the city of Cottonwood’s acquisition of the building during incorporation in 1960, the building has seen few updates and benefited from only a bare bones approach to maintenance.

The building is shut down, inaccessible to the public and, more importantly from a revenue-generating standpoint, unavailable to rent for events.

From the earth to the stars — it’s not the Cottonwood Public Library’s motto, but based on recent community offerings it might as well be.

This month, the library hosts two events that show just how far libraries have moved away from only offering books and internet access: The return of the seed library and a solar viewing opportunity in celebration of the upcoming total solar eclipse.

Drive down Main Street and you’ll notice only one empty space in Old Town’s facade: On the west side of the street, at 920 N. Main Street, sits an empty lot.

The developers of LeMain have plans for that space. Within a year or two, a three-story building will occupy 920, its first floor dedicated to commercial space and its top two floors given condominium-style residences.

After a brief discussion over payroll, Jerome Town Council passed its final budget at its July 25 meeting 4-0. Councilwoman Alex Barber was absent from the meeting.

According to the budget, the town has $1.97 million available in its general fund, with a budgeted expenditure of $967,851.

Outside people who have experienced domestic violence, few understand how difficult it is to leave a violent partner.

Fewer still understand why victims stay as long as they do. The reason for the lack of understanding, according to Verde Valley Sanctuary Executive Director Matthew Kelley, is because the factors that contribute to domestic violence are so varied.

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