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A special committee created to advise the Yavapai College Governing Board about Verde Valley concerns has been traveling around the region to get the opinions of elected leaders, officials and residents.The Yavapai College Board Advisory Committee was conceived last year, and now is up and running with members in place. Cottonwood is now laying out its expectations of the college, which will affect both the community at large and its students.

So far, the committee has visited with the school superintendents of the Verde Valley, the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Council, the Sedona City Council, business leaders and others.

Yavapai County is making a push to get voters to raise sales taxes by an additional quarter cent to help fund jail operations and eventual construction of a new jail in Prescott.Yavapai County Detention facility sits on State Route 260, not far from Interstate 17 in Camp Verde. Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis has proposed a jail tax with city leaders.The vote would be on the November ballot, and if passed, it would authorize a tax to fund jail operations.

Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis, County Administrator Phil Bourdon and Sheriff Scott Mascher made their case to the Cottonwood City Council at its Aug. 5 meeting.
County representatives have been traveling around the county to make their case for the increase.

Tax collections in June were mixed across the Verde Valley compared to the previous month as the 2013-14 fiscal year came to an end June 30.A crew from Arizona Public Service installs a new power-line pole on the corner of Finnie Flat Road and Cliffs Parkway in Camp Verde. The old pole was knocked down in a storm the night before. The town’s fiscal year ended in June, so the new pole installation will be a part of this year’s budget.

Clarkdale was the only municipality that posted higher numbers in June compared with May, although the difference in other communities didn’t fluctuate all that much.

The Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from the nine incorporated communities in Yavapai County who meet regularly to discuss water issues affecting growth and other issues, including the Verde River.Doug Von Gausig, mayor of Clarkdale, left, speaks next to Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis at the water committee meeting on May 21. Von Gausig reported that the two new Verde River parks have been open for two weeks, and on Wednesday, June 18, the Tapco site will be open to vehicular traffic.

A bicyclist participating in the BikeMS race was killed Saturday, May 17, following a traffic accident on Cornville Road.The crushed bicycle of a 48-year-old Gilbert woman lies along the side of Cornville Road after being struck by a 2011 Chrysler van driven by a 90-year-old man from Cottonwood on Saturday,  May 17. The woman was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center where she died around 6 p.m. The cyclist was participating in the first day of the BikeMS charity ride when she was struck. Two other cyclists on a tandem bicycle were also injured and taken to Verde Valley Medical Center.

Just before 12:30 p.m. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a traffic accident involving a vehicle and three bicyclists on Cornville Road west of Beaverhead Flat Road.

Business owners, regional officials and others gathered last week to discuss how to work together and help take advantage of tourism.State tourism officials recently held an all-day tourism workshop. In addition to Sedona’s red rocks, one of the Verde Valley’s biggest draws for tourists coming to and from the Grand Canyon is Montezuma Castle near Camp Verde. On any given day, many tourists come through, pointing cameras up at the ancient cliff dwelling.

The gathering was a workshop hosted by the Arizona Office of Tourism on April 30 at the Cliff Castle Hotel in Camp Verde.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is discussing the creation of a new access point for the Verde River.Yavapai County is looking into creating a new Verde River access point in Cottonwood near the bridge where Mingus Avenue crosses the river.
The proposal would provide for a road and parking lot by the Mingus Avenue extension bridge where it crosses the river.

As the temperature rises, so does the number of visitors to some of the most popular spots along Fossil and Oak creeks.The Forest Service banned glass containers along the banks of Fossil Creek or Oak Creek beginning Tuesday, April 1, to prevent  injuries to people walking or wading with bare feet.

And while users of these areas are welcomed, glass containers are not.