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Cottonwood is one step closer to a potential solution for an inoperable injection well at Riverfront Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Cottonwood City Council approved a $123,233.41 contract with KP Ventures Well Drilling & Pump Co. for “the drilling, geophysical logging and development of a deep boring” at Cottonwood Kids Park adjacent to the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

The paper is good, the ink is bad: This is how Cottonwood Police Department described the counterfeit $50 and $100 bills a couple recently used to purchase items in Cottonwood and Jerome.

“It appears the counterfeit money is made using $1 and $5 bills and converting them to $100 and $50 bills,” CPD Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said. “This means, if a merchant is using the counterfeit detection pen to determine its authenticity, the pen will indicate it is a legitimate bill. That’s because the paper used is authentic and that is what the pen reacts to.”

Following the cutting of a fiber-optic line along State Route 260 Aug. 9, many Verde Valley residents lost phone and internet service.

According to CenturyLink Arizona media representative Karen Parry, the accident occurred in Camp Verde, in new road construction near Cherry Creek Road, when a “third party” individual or individuals severed one of CenturyLink’s lines. The resulting outage impacted CenturyLink’s 911 emergency response and internet services in and around Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

The Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education for the 2017-18 school year at its meeting Aug. 8.

The IGA between the districts, which the VACTE Governing Board unanimously approved Aug. 4, stipulates no less than a 70/30 percent split in CVUSD’s favor: For the 2017-18 school year, at least 70 percent of funding generated through high school campus attendance in VACTE’s programs goes to the high school, while no more than 30 percent goes to VACTE.

Spectrum Healthcare Group has officially opened the doors of its renovated facility at 452 Finnie Flat Road.

The upgraded interior, which guests toured during an open house Aug. 4, marks an expansion of Spectrum’s operations in Camp Verde beyond counseling, case management and psychiatry to include primary care and pediatrics. Most services are accessible the same day of a patient’s visit.

A new principal greeted Beaver Creek School students on the first day of the academic year, Aug. 8. At 32, Katrina Sacco is the Verde Valley’s youngest principal.

Prior to taking on the role, she had devoted a substantial amount of time to the K-8 Beaver Creek: After relocating to the area from Flagstaff a decade ago, she started volunteering at the school, proceeded to do her practicum student teaching at the school and finally taught as a full-time teacher for three years.

Less than an hour after opening, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona had welcomed over 30 job seekers Aug. 9 at the Cottonwood Public Library.

Milissa Koel, a career adviser with Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona’s Employer and Community Program, praised the turnout, as well as the enthusiasm of the nine employers that came seeking applicants.

This summer, nearly 200 kids went to college — but none of them had their high school diplomas yet.

In a joint effort between Yavapai College and the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, the College for Kids program offered a host of summer classes in subjects such as science, technology, nature, art and writing for kids age 5 to 17 at the college’s Verde Valley campus.

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