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Brigham Peterson is 14 but is already taking on some important responsibilities.Carter and Camden swing pickaxes as part of a nature trail restoration project behind Clarkdale-Jerome School. The effort is to help local Boy Scout Brigham Peterson become an Eagle Scout.

The Cottonwood teen was leading a group of people into a nature trail over the weekend out behind Clarkdale-Jerome School.

Betty Gaudy knows that getting older doesn't mean you have to slow down.Betty Gaudy, 90, has been running competitively for years. This month she took home two medals from the Senior Olympics.

Gaudy recently turned 90 and hasn’t stopped competing in track and field events.

Christine Barag used to be involved in civic affairs.Christine Barag used to be involved in civic affairs, having served for a time as vice mayor of Jerome. Barag now manages the bar In Old Town Cottonwood. When she’s not working, Barag said she’s been coaching a softball team, the Rioting Cockettes.

She ran for office when she felt like there were things she wanted to change and ended up becoming vice mayor of Jerome.

You won't have to wait until Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel to thrash some slash.Slash is a term used to describe yard waste, including grass, weeds and other trimmings. Cottonwood has a program where  residents can drop of yard waste to be properly disposed of.

Starting Friday, Aug. 21, people will be able to drop off their yard waste at Yavapai County transfer stations for free for a limited time.

A library isn't just all about books on shelves.The Cottonwood Public Library is gearing up to test a new artist program. Under Kyle Smith, library assistant II, the program will include painters, sculptors and other artists.

True, there are computers and a variety of media in most libraries these days, but the Cottonwood Public Library is working on expanding what's available.

The town of Clarkdale has submitted its official comments on a program to deal with potential soil contamination to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.Freeport McMoran has been conducting soil testing in Clarkdale to determine levels of contamination due to the mining operations of yesteryear. The town, including Town Manager Gayle Mabery, has released an official statement on the topic.

Freeport McMoRan, the company that holds the old land related to mining around the area, has been moving forward with an effort to identify areas of potential soil pollution and clean them up.

Casey Anderson knows his hats.

For 16 years, Anderson has been managing the Cowboy Shop in Cottonwood, currently in its third location.Casey Anderson has been managing the Cowboy Shop in Cottonwood for 16 years. Originally from Flagstaff, Anderson can tell a visitor all about hats, including their composition along with proper care and handling. When he’s not working with hats, Anderson said he likes to play around with his 1977 Bronco.

"This building used to be a McDonald's," Anderson said, pointing out that the shop still has its original fast food doors.

Leaders, officials and policy makers from around Arizona gathered for two days in Clarkdale last week to listen to and discuss the issues that affect rural areas in the state.The Arizona Rural Policy Forum took place last week, hosted by Clarkdale in the Clark Clubhouse. Carlos de la Torre of the city of Douglas gave a presentation on expanding business with Mexico.

The Arizona Rural Development Council held its annual conference Aug. 6 and 7 at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse.