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The Town of Camp Verde is in the process of planning its budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.Public Works is seeking money from the Town of Camp Verde for specific capital improvement projects. Replacing the roof on the town gym is one of them.

As part of the process, the town's Public Works Department has outlined projects it would like to undertake.

It was a packed house at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel on May 20 as residents and local officials gathered for a presentation from the Arizona Department of Transportation about the planned widening of State Route 260 between Camp Verde and Cottonwood.Arizona Department of Transportation recently had a meeting in Camp Verde concerning the expansion of State Route 260. The plans include adding two-lane roundabouts, like the ones seen on State Route 89A on the way to Jerome.

Many people were concerned over the plan to build seven roundabouts along the highway but ADOT officials stuck by the plan, citing safety.

It was one of the most hotly-debated issues the Verde Valley had seen in several years: Smart meters.The Arizona Corporation Commission last month ruled that APS could not charge a monthly fee for those residents wishing to opt-out of having a smart meter.

In 2013, Arizona Public Service began replacing hundreds of thousands of analog meters on homes and multi-family dwellings throughout the state with advanced metering infrastructure, better known as smart meters.

Angela Myers has been in Camp Verde for quite a few years now.Angela Myers works as a bartender at Cliff Castle Casino, which gives her the opportunity to meet all sorts of people from many different places. When she’s not working, Myers spends most of her free time hanging out with her family.

She's not planning on staying for a whole lot longer.

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.

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