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Cementing bands was music to the Thunder Valley Rally Committee’s ear.

“Confirmed acts so far will be Blue Oyster Cult and Mogollon,” committee chairwoman Karen Vernetti said. “Tent and RV camping in the park area will be available this year for ‘no driving’ access to your sleeping quarters after the party. The event will still feature the Saturday Poker Run, beginning in Old Town Saturday morning, and, also to be scheduled, a motorcycle freestyle show.”

Business and municipal management consultant Pat Walker delivered a presentation, “Municipal Budget Overview,” to Cottonwood City Council members, employees and residents at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on March 23.

From the get-go, Walker established a realistic tone about the challenges of making the figures balance out. Nonetheless, she said that being fiscally responsible and providing a consistent quality of life for citizens are equally important tasks.

Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh will have to wait a while longer to hear what the City Council thinks of his job performance.

Following an 75-minute executive session discussion of Bartosh’s responsibilities during the Cottonwood City Council meeting March 21, the council voted to delay action on Bartosh’s annual review and employment agreement.

Like most libraries, Cottonwood Public Library boasts a variety of resources unrecognized by the community in which it exists — a shame, its employees know, because more than a few individuals could benefit greatly by coming in for a visit.

Those with disabilities, particular those with a sight impairment or an inability to hold a book or reading device, might consider the library. Not only does the facility boast over 2,000 audiobooks and a small collection of Braille books, but its patrons have access to thousands more volumes available for free order through the Yavapai County Library network and the Overdrive e-book and audiobook collection.

For the 12th year running, the Mingus Union High School Auto Club is hosting its car show.

The event takes place Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MUHS. It is co-sponsored by the Verde Valley Corvette Club.

As anyone who uses them regularly knows, social media sites are tricky places: Addictive, risky due to security concerns, the various platforms provided an avenue for entertainment but also an opportunity to waste time and money.

But as Ruth Ellen Elinski, Northern Arizona Director for Local First AZ, pointed out to participants of a social media workshop March 1 at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, marketing on social media can pay off for Verde Valley businesses.

Thirty-one may seem like a small number, but according to the Tavern Hotel owner Eric Jurisin it signifies a great benefit to Cottonwood’s economy.

On Jan. 1, Jurisin and his wife, Michele — who together run the Haunted Group’s six restaurants in Cottonwood and Jerome — broke ground on the Tavern Hotel’s expansion, which will increase the building’s capacity from 13 rooms to 44.

Though he resides just outside Park City, Utah, Mingus Union High School Interim Superintendent Jack Keegan is no stranger to Arizona school district politics — or, for that matter, acting as a superintendent for school districts in transition.

From 2013 to 2014, Keegan was interim superintendent of Gilbert Public School District, administering a board that was described by various media outlets as tense and divided. Ultimately, Keegan handed in his resignation early.

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