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This weekend, Verde Valley residents who visited the Cottonwood Recreation Center were shocked to discover a bevy of costumed characters — superheroes, antiheroes and supervillains. What was even more of shocker was that two rival universes, Marvel and DC Comics, managed to coexist in the same space without tearing our world apart.Kids get in on a wrestling card game at the first Verde Valley Comic Expo.

By all accounts, last week’s Presidential Preference Election was a mess.voting laws

While Yavapai and Coconino county voters didn’t see long lines at the polls, voters in Maricopa and Pima counties were in line for hours, a few not casting ballots until 11:30 p.m., more than four hours after polls official closed at 7 p.m.

As Arizona voters geared up for the Presidential Preference Election on Tuesday, Camp Verde voters were digesting the recent recall election targeting Vice Mayor Bruce George.Vice Mayor Bruce George

Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen [R-District 6], who represents the Verde Valley, wants to deprive the public of our ability to see legal notices.Sylvia Allen, Arizona State Senator

Allen is vice chairwoman of the committee that last week approved Arizona House Bill 2447 and attempted to get it passed on the floor of the Senate.

March 1 was “Super Tuesday,” the date when a large number of U.S. states hold primary elections. This year, 11 states and the territory of American Samoa held presidential nominating elections for both Republican and Democratic candidates while Alaska and Wyoming held caucuses for the just the Republican nominee.Arizona state flag

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey released his proposed budget on Feb. 10. Initial estimates suggest Ducey’s $9.5 billion budget will generate a $621 million surplus. While this seems like a wonder of fiscal magic, it neglects a major component that the state has failed to accurately fund over the last decade: Education.Gov. Doug Ducey

Two weeks ago, I received a rather “spirited” call from Camp Verde Town Councilwoman Robin Whatley, who took issue with our Jan. 20 story involving a civil lawsuit filed against town officials.Camp Verde Town Councilwoman Robin Whatley

The Verde Valley hosts the first big festival of the year, the 11th annual Sedona Marathon Event on Saturday, Feb. 6.The Sedona Marathon

Runners come from all over Northern Arizona, many of whom live from outside our five municipalities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Jerome and Sedona or the surrounding communities.

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