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Hosted by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley, a mayoral candidate forum Wednesday, July 20, saw Tim Elinski and Holly Grigaitis answer questions from the public.
During opening statements, Elinski spoke of four priorities: To engage the community, to increase the efficiency of government, to prepare Cottonwood for a new economy and to promote and preserve the area’s natural resources.Holly Grigaitis and Tim Elinski are each running for mayor of Cottonwood, along with City Councilman Terence Pratt. Elinski and Grigatis spoke at a mayoral candidate forum on July 20 at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Forum moderators read a statement from absent Terence Pratt.

According to Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon, Yavapai County Free Library District’s intention to raise its secondary property taxes is not an increase over previous years: Instead, it is intended to return the levy to its former level.Yavapai County Supervisors Craig Brown, Chip Davis and Jack R. Smith proposed a tax increase to fund county libraries. The tax will raise the levy to former years’ levels.

Four Republican candidates came to the Cottonwood Recreation Center on Saturday, July, 16, to explain why they should be the one to fill the Congressional District 1 seat.Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu, David Gowan and Shawn Redd all attended a candidate forum at the Cottonwood Rec Center.

A forum was held, asking the candidates a broad series of mostly economic-based questions, put on by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley.

Ken Bennett, Paul Babeu, David Gowan and Shawn Redd all attended.

Cottonwood’s third mayoral candidate may seem like an outsider — a label she is none too quick to reject.Holly Grigaitis is running for mayor of Cottonwood to replace Diane Joens, who is a candidate for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, District 3. Grigaitis, a real estate broker, said her business savvy will serve her well as the city’s chief executive.

Asked what history in political service she has, Holly Grigaitis smiled and answered, “I have none.”

The election season is in full swing, with the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley hosting candidate forums throughout July.Randy Garrison is running for Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, District 3

The events occur in anticipation of several candidates winning their seats prior to the general election: Candidates for Yavapai County Supervisor District 3, Yavapai County Constable Verde Valley Region and Yavapai County Assessor are all Republicans, meaning that the Tuesday, Aug. 30, primary election is the only opportunity for voters to cast their ballot for these officials.

Curious about how the Cottonwood Police Department operates? Now’s your chance to find out.The City of Cottonwood will soon be getting a Citizen Police Academy program. The program will help the community take part in keeping the peace.

According to CPD Det. Sgt. Tod Moore, the department is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Citizens Police Academy.

Wildlife is at every turn in Northern Arizona. Not a day seems to go by absent of encounters with javelina, coyotes, deer, birds of prey and an abundance of smaller animals.A hawk, whose injured feet require bandaging, recovers at Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville. The nonprofit facility hosts up to 200 animal intakes during the summer months, according to owner and operator Bill Harvey.

Living in such close proximity to wildlife comes with a toll for our untamed neighbors, though. Most of us only see the signs of those that didn’t make it — roadkill and the occasional bird that flew into a window — but there are many animals who become injured, abandoned or otherwise incapacitated in the process of interacting with humans or other animals.

June 22 saw the Jerome Town Council’s approval of water restrictions, limiting water irrigation and sprinkling and declaring an emergency.

According to the resolution, the town was experiencing a “water shortage due, in large part, to extended drought conditions,” but as Jerome Town Manager Candace Gallagher revealed the situation is far from stable.

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