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Erase the Stigma, Steps to Recovery Homes' second annual mental health and addiction awareness event, takes place at the Cottonwood Recreation Center Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m, to 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Food, drinks, and day passes to the rec center will be given to attendees for free. The event features seven featured experts speaking on subjects including grief, trauma and community awareness. In addition, a variety of organizations will be on hand at informational booths to answer questions about the related services they offer.

Vineyards at Cottonwood’s 550-home housing development may be the area’s newest subdivision project, but it is by no means the only one going.

Construction of new homes continues at Mesquite Hills in Cottonwood and Mountain Gate and Crossroads at Mingus in Clarkdale.

As I drove up to the Cottonwood Police Department, my cell phone rang with an unknown number.

I was greeted with the voice of officer Kiedi Dever, “How soon will you be here? I just got a call about a bust and I need to be there to transport the suspects.”

Cottonwood City Council renewed City Magistrate A. Douglas Lasota’s contract for another two years.

The June 6 decision, approved in a 4-3 vote, followed an extended discussion during which council members expressed unease about not renewing Lasota’s contract without information on improving court efficiency.

The city of Cottonwood is an outlier when it comes to budgeting for its police department, according to Cottonwood Police Department Chief Steve Gesell.

For the 2018 fiscal year, the Cottonwood City Council requested a 3 percent budget cut across departments in anticipation of a budget approval on Tuesday, June 20.

A fire early May 29 left three vehicles burnt out at the Park Place lot.

Located at the southeast corner of State Route 89 A and S. 10th Street in Cottonwood, Park Place offers its lot to owners wishing to display their vehicles for sale. A fee is charged daily, weekly or monthly for each space.

Each year, the cities and towns of the Verde Valley approve budgets that are, generally speaking, optimistic.

The reason for this is that Arizona has enacted transparency laws requiring cities and municipalities to account for all potential revenues and expenditures.

After attending the second annual Verde Valley Wine Festival, it would be difficult to deny the truth: The Verde Valley’s wine industry is growing, pulling an ever greater number of oenophiles into the region.

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