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Because of human involvement, only one in five sections of rivers and streams in the Verde Valley meet the cleanliness standards for their intended use.

According to a recent analysis conducted by Darcy Hitchcock, co-founder of Sustainability Alliance AZ, in concert with the Red Rock Ranger District, the longest sections of the Verde River range from a three to a five on a one-to-five scale, while the majority of Oak Creek is designated a four.

As Camp Verde Community Development Director Carmen Howard admitted, development in Camp Verde is always in danger of being eclipsed by its more populous neighbors.

If recent residential and commercial progress is anything to go by, however, any omission of Camp Verde would be inexcusable. The heavy hitter on deck, Scottsdale-based CFT Ventures, is close to beginning construction on the largest housing development to come into Camp Verde in decades.

Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner has been on administrative leave since Oct. 23. No information about what caused Town Manager Russ Martin to place Gardner on leave has been made public.

On Oct. 23, Martin said he expected the investigation into Gardner’s conduct, administered by an independent group, to take approximately two weeks. By Nov. 6, however, Martin had nothing more to add. Martin said he knew of the necessity of an investigation “since the few days at the end of the week prior” to placing Gardner on leave and moved to organize the independent group to conduct the investigation.

Never let it be said what local artists do has no impact on the national arts scene: Thanks to Camp Verde Community Library and other area libraries, locals may be featured artists in the Smithsonian Institutions Museum on Main Street program.

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research organization. According to the Smithsonian, the Museum on Main Street program provides access to the Smithsonian “for small-town America through museum exhibitions, research, educational resources and programming.”

Two weeks after placing Camp Verde Marshal Nancy Gardner on administrative leave, Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin has little more to say on the matter.

On Oct. 23, Martin notified Gardner of her status and pending investigation, but would not share further information with the media regarding the nature and scope of the issue in order to guarantee a thorough and unbiased investigation.

Camp Verde Town Manager Russ Martin placed Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner on administrative leave Oct. 23.

“It’s a process,” Martin said, Oct. 23, adding that he could not discuss specific details. “I talked to [Gardner] this morning and started it .... She handled it professionally, but it’s not a fun process.

Last week in The Camp Verde Journal, Camp Verde’s Louann Patterson said “[It] does no good to build a road if you don’t build anything around it.”

Patterson, co-owner of Copper Star Indoor Shooting Range along State Route 260, was referring to Arizona Department of Transportation’s SR 260 improvement project.

Fort Verde Days celebrated its 60th year as downtown Camp Verde’s feature event last weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13 through 15.

A celebration of the town’s culture and history that focuses on the military influence of Fort Verde, the event featured daily programming including a carnival, beer garden, Camp Verde High School’s art fair, a Pinewood Derby race, the craft fair and free entry to the Fort Verde State Historic Park.

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