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Who knows an area better than the people who call it home?Jim Dion, National Geographic’s director of tourism programs, gives a presentation on the new geotourism campaign. Geotourism will allow people all over the world to see what Camp Verde has to offer.

National Geographic is banking on that while working with communities throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley to spotlight some of the attractions in this part of Arizona.

The Town of Camp Verde streets division finished up repairs around the cattle guard on Middle Verde Road as well as grading work along part of the road. Other grading was done on Old Highway 279 and Newton Lane.The Town of Camp Verde has completed a series of improvements around town. One of them was replacing the cattle guard on Middle Verde Road.

The town also reported that a bus stop near Homestead Parkway is already in place, while a second one near the Outpost Mall on Finnie Flat Road is in the works, along with minor drainage improvements to the area.

Overnight work scheduled next week at General Crook traffic interchangeArizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation continues work next week on a project to repave a 12-mile segment of Interstate 17 between State Route 169 and the Middle Verde Road traffic interchange - mileposts 279 to 291. 

Eliza Talas has been coming to the area for years but has only recently become a Verde Valley resident.Tucked away off Cottonwood’s Main Street, a hand-painted sign guides people to Eliza Talas’ bead shop. Talas’ mother was a former girl scout leader, which led to her finding an early love of making crafts. Aside from being a lifelong fan of crafting, Talas said she’s an astrologer as well.

Tucked away off of Main Street, a hand-painted sign guides people to her shop.

The Town of Camp Verde is working with the Nature Conservancy to help recharge the local aquifer while working on drainage projects.Storm water washes down street gutters, following gravity to the lowest point it can find. Now the idea of using storm water to recharge aquifers is being discussed and may be implemented when the storm water drain system is revamped.

"This allows us to see the possibilities that are out there," Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin said.

The Town of Camp Verde has been recognized along with Yavapai County and Fort Verde State Historic Park for their partnership, mostly financial, which helped keep the park open through the economic downturn over the past few years.At Fort Verde’s ribbon cutting ceremony for moving to a seven-day-a-week schedule in February, Fort Manager Sheila Stubler called up some of the volunteers who have been with the fort through thick and thin. From left are Bill Stafford, David and Barbara Perriman, George Dvorak and Jim Sweitzer.

The fort has also been recognized for the efforts of its volunteers, which were crucial to keeping the park open.

The Rio Verde Plaza, a former shopping plaza off of Main Street, has been sold for $180,000 to Tim Kinney.The Rio Verde Plaza, located in Camp Verde on the corner of Main and Fain streets, recently sold. The plaza has long sat dormant, only used for the library book sales. With a new owner comes the possibility of new life for the plaza.

Kinney offered the highest bid on the property. Two other bids came from the VanLandingham Land and Cattle Company and Tierra Verde Holdings.

Chelsea Chavez has called Cottonwood home for most of her life. She’s back here in Cottonwood and is doing her best to help people who have a desire to either get or stay in shape, buzzing people in through the front doors at Snap Fitness on Main Street.Chelsea Chavez got involved in volleyball around fifth grade, eventually getting good enough to earn a full-ride scholarship to Northern State University in South Dakota, where she got a degree in human performance and fitness. Now, Chavez wants to become a strength coach and hopes to get a position coaching volleyball at a local school.

She was born in Tucson and lived there for her five years.

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