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Five years ago, a proposal to use groundwater near Chino Valley for a hydroelectric facility garnered attention from Verde Valley leaders. The project ended up falling apart but has appeared to rear its head once again.

“This time it’s looking like the people behind have the money to do it,” Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig said.He said though the project doesn’t directly affect municipalities in the Verde Valley, it would affect the Verde River. gIn September, Big Chino Valley Pumped Storage filed an application for a preliminary permit.

As Verde Valley taxpayers gather documentation for tax season, a slew of Internal Revenue Service phone scams has been reported to the Cottonwood Communication Center.Dispatchers themselves have been on the receiving end of these scam calls.

“Many of the citizens who reported [a scam] to the police department knew it was a scam but wanted to make us aware,” Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt said in a media release. “Some called the number to see what they would be told.”

Although residents of unincorporated areas in the Verde Valley are not governed by a local municipal operation, they still have a voice, said Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison.

“They may not have a direct voice, but they still have a voice,” he said. “If I have a constituent in an outside area who has a concern about their relationship with the city, we can get into the conversation and lobby for that citizen based on our partnerships and cooperative arrangement we have with the governmental entities [in the county].”

A man and woman were found dead with gunshot wounds in a Rimrock home on Jan. 30. Officials believe this was the result of an apparent murder-suicide, according to Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
YCSO deputies were called to conduct a welfare check at the 4100 block of Passage Lane after the caller noticed the doors at the home had been open since the day before, according to YCSO. When officials arrived they found deceased 54-year-old Joseph Noble II and his wife, 47-year-old Cynthia Noble. A firearm was also recovered at the scene.

Several law enforcement agencies in Arizona worked together to locate a teen runaway from Phoenix who was reportedly found to be in a relationship with a 27-year-old Cottonwood man.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, Phoenix Police contacted the Cottonwood Police Department requesting assistance in attempting to locate a 15-year-old runaway from their jurisdiction.

The third annual Verde Valley Wine Festival has an official date: Saturday, May 12. Following a successful two-day event last year, partner hosts Four Eight Wineworks and the Clarkdale Foundation have opted to return to Clarkdale Town Park for a single-day event.

According to last year’s festival coordinator Shelby Scheer, 2017’s attendance topped out at approximately 2,000, with nearly 1,400 attending on Saturday. 2016’s festival, which took place over a single Saturday, attracted 1,100 people.

After winning a gold medal for Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Arizona Republic’s Arizona Grand Wine Festival in January, students enrolled in the enology program at the Yavapai College Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale closed out the year by earning top marks at the Jefferson Cup Invitational competition in Kansas, Mo., Nov. 16 and 17.

“The latest student-crafted wines to be trumpeted [are] a 2016 Mourvedre and a 2015 Viognier,” Yavapai College Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jennifer McCormack said. “The Mourvedre earned a coveted Jefferson Cup in its category...The Viognier won a bronze medal in the same competition.”

A recent rash of vehicle burglaries in the Verde Villages offers a concrete lesson in foresight — the kind of lesson that may seem obvious but bears repeating: Lock vehicle doors.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Verde Village units 2 and 4 regarding the vehicle burglaries.

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