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“We’ve been attacked, over and over again,” Vincent Randall said of his people, the Apache.

Randall, who acts as the Apache Culture Director for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, said that since the 1870s, when three major Apache groups in what is now Arizona surrendered to the U.S. government, Apache culture has been targeted for extermination — first, through the removal of spiritual leaders and installation of people “who could be controlled,” and second, through the replacement of traditional beliefs and values with those of the larger culture that came to inhabit the U.S.

The Yavapai County Flood Control District is raising its secondary property taxes over last year’s level.

“[Flood control] is proposing an increase in secondary property taxes of $1 million or 24.44 percent,” the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors stated via press release. “This proposed increase is exclusive of increased secondary property taxes received from new construction.”

Yavapai County’s overall budget is going up, but the tax rate is going down.

The budget will be nearly $228 million in the 2018 budget, which will be adopted in August. The budget is scheduled for tentative approval on Wednesday, July 5, in Prescott.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

In cooperation with the Cornville Historical Society, the U. S. Postal Service will offer a special pictorial postmark at the dedication of the restored Cornville Post Office on Saturday, June 24. A special “Cornville Dedication Station” postmark was designed by the Society and approved for use by the Postal Service, with help from local postmaster John Rachel.

The property that once held the Cuban Queen has sold.

Jerome Planning and Zoning approved the sale, which will be zoned commercial. Zoning Administrator Kyle Dabney said at the town’s June 14 meeting the plans for the lot are still being drafted, but that it seemed the historic property would be rebuilt, after being blown down in a recent storm, with a plaque denoting changes made from the original. Its use is not yet known.

According to three of the Verde Valley’s city and town managers, allocation of fees from the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund are having a direct negative effect on transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance.

HURF fees are generated through motor fuel taxes and “fees and charges relating to the registration and operation of motor vehicles on the public highways of the state,” according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. “These collections include gasoline and use-fuel taxes, motor-carrier taxes, vehicle-license taxes, motor vehicle registration fees and other miscellaneous fees.”

A wildland fire started within two hours of the announcement of fire restrictions on national forest land by Yavapai County, the Prescott and Coconino national forests, the city of Cottonwood and Verde Valley Fire District.

VVFD was dispatched at 9:17 a.m. Thursday, June 1, to State Route 89A milepost 359, between Cottonwood and Page Springs Road, south of Oak Creek Road. Crews stopped the spread of the fire within 15 minutes of arriving and was completely extinguished with assistance from Sedona Fire District, Prescott forest rangers and Arizona Department of Transportation.

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