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Looking Good Cottonwood has had a banner year.

According to Trevor Faust, supervisor of the Cottonwood Recreation Center Fitness Center, 260 community members registered for the 12-week contest, which challenges participants to lose weight and offers prizes to winners.

Tucson-based Minerals Research Inc. is probably not a familiar operation for most Cottonwood residents, but the slag pile the company is processing in the center of town certainly hasn’t escaped anyone’s notice — for generations, in fact.

The 60-foot pile of iron by-product is nearly a century old, the unsightly remnant of copper mining, an industry that helped define the communities of the Verde Valley.

As the recently established Mission Produce Market proves, there’s a lot more going on at Old Town Mission than most people think.

Changing perceptions about the limited scope of the mission — providing daily meals and food for the homeless — begins with seeing the staff in action, talking with its employees, volunteers and guests.

In order to preserve its historic buildings, Jerome residents may face a new tax. “I have two words: Restoration tax,” said Vice Mayor Jay Kinsella at the April 11 meeting at Jerome Town Hall.

Kinsella had put the issue of how the town can preserve historic buildings on the agenda last month in response to the Cuban Queen — an historic bordello — falling in a windstorm. Kinsella said that the disrepair of the building in the years leading up to the storm was obvious and that this had something to do with its collapse. He said it was the responsibility of the town’s property owners to be guardians of the town’s history.

Walking the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus prior to 2010, you would’ve been hard pressed to picture a vineyard in the 13.5 acres of scrub land west of the main grounds — much less a facility like the Southwest Wine Center where the massive concrete racquetball courts stood.

Despite the apparent unlikelihood of it all happening, 2010 marked the year that planting began on what would become a wine-producing vineyard run by students enrolled in Yavapai College’s Viticulture and Enology program.

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.

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