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We at Larson Newspapers are proud to unveil our updated website, journalaz.com.

Our website typically places among the top websites awarded by the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest, but we want to make constant improvements to benefit our readers and our community.

Archaeology and history buffs rejoice: The Arizona Parks and Trails Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, held in March, provides activities throughout the Verde Valley.

According to Arizona State Parks Public Information Officer Monica Enriquez, the events are intended to preserve cultural resources through education. Each year, the ASPD leverages its own resources along with other organizations toward this effort.

The Verde Valley isn’t particularly known for its tech industries, but with any luck the next decade will see a boom in jobs created and housed in the area.

Prior to his election to mayor of Cottonwood last year, Timothy Elinski expressed a desire to see the Verde Valley become an “entrepreneurial hub” for tech-friendly companies, and praised community efforts to make the Verde Valley Sci-Tech Festival such a success.

To some, it’s the sticks and stems that are where the money’s at.

Arizona State Sen. Sonny Borrelli [R-District 5] introduced SB 1337, a bill that would allow the commercial growth and processing of hemp in Arizona.

A man was killed Tuesday, Jan. 24, when the stolen pickup truck he was driving northbound toward Camp Verde veered off Interstate 17 and crashed after police had flattened two of his tires, according to reports.

Bradley Burton Moore was pronounced dead at the scene just south of Camp Verde. Moore, 29, was driving a truck reported stolen from a construction site in Gilbert.

U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran [D-District 1] said he finds it hard to believe Republicans in the federal government will be able to find a good replacement for the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as Obamacare — any time soon.

“There’s no agreement [among Republicans] on the ACA,” O’Halleran said at a roundtable discussion on rural health care and senior prescription drug programs Jan. 18 at the Verde Valley Senior Center in Cottonwood.

Residents of a trailer park in Rimrock received a shock when they woke Jan. 6: Notices, left on their cars and doors in the middle of the night alerted them that elevated levels of lead had been found in their drinking water system.

The trailer park, located at 2111 E. Beaver Creek Road, is serviced by a private water company, the Beaver Creek Store System No. 130351. According to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Public Information Officer Caroline Oppleman, the system provides drinking water to approximately 100 people.

Asking for Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education CEO Lois Lamer on Friday, March 18, got a simple response in the facility’s meeting room. VACTE Governing Board President Steve Dockray just said, “Lois Lamer is no longer employed here.”

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