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Wildfire closes Interstate 17 at Cordes Junction

Interstate 17 closed at Cordes Junction for the Bug Creek Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Southbound I-17 was partially reopened at 1:52 p.m., but closed again at 2:59 p.m. Northbound I-17 was partially reopened at 3:18 p.m., but closed again at 3:29 p.m.…

Shooting in Rimrock leaves VOC man dead

A 25-year-old Village of Oak Creek man was fatally shot Sunday night, June 26, at a home in Rimrock.

Around 11:15 p.m. Sunday night, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 3900 block of Meadow Lane in Rimrock, regarding an reported assault, according to YCSO.…

Jerome institutes water restrictions
A mandatory water restriction is in place in Jerome.

Approved by a majority vote of the Jerome Town Council Wednesday, June 22, Resolution 537 imposes "restrictions on water irrigation and sprinkling" and declares an emergency.
The stated reason for doing so reads, "the town is currently experiencing a water shortage due, in large part, to extended drought conditions."…
Mandatory water restrictions in Jerome

A mandatory water restriction is in place in Jerome.

Approved by a majority vote of the Jerome Town Council on June 22, Resolution 537 imposes "restrictions on water irrigation and sprinkling" and declares an emergency. The stated reason for doing so reads, "the town is currently experiencing a water shortage due, in large part, to extended drought conditions."…

Stores freshen up with Farm to Fork

The scenario is familiar to anyone who does the grocery shopping: You walk into the store, looking for fresh produce. Noting that your avocados are rock hard, your bananas green, you wonder where on Earth the fruit is from.

Peru, perhaps, or Brazil. China, maybe?…

Library programs heat up for summer

Verde Valley-wide, libraries have quickly moved to redefine themselves in the 21st century, shifting their focus toward community events that promote not only reading but all varieties of learning.

A library was once a place defined by the whisper. Interactions were muted, sometimes outright discouraged. Now, however, libraries are embracing new activities, drawing in crowds for more than quiet space for a good read.…

Republicans speak about land and education

Even small towns are not immune to this national election season’s partisan politics.

On June 14, three Republican legislators representing Arizona’s Legislative District 6 addressed members of the Mingus Mountain Republican Club, offering pointed criticisms of Democratic party officials and policy.…

Joens takes on transportation

City of Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens is running for Yavapai County Supervisor District 3. Recently, she discussed what compels her to seek public office with the county.…

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