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After attending the second annual Verde Valley Wine Festival, it would be difficult to deny the truth: The Verde Valley’s wine industry is growing, pulling an ever greater number of oenophiles into the region.

City of Cottonwood Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez admits it: The budget is not the sexiest topic in the world.

Making matters worse, the budget is confusing, even in its simplest form. What might be immediately transparent to a municipal budget expert is obscure to the average person. For example, in the document prepared in advance of the city’s major 2018 budget discussions, Rodriguez presented three data points for the completed fiscal years 2007 through 2016: Original budgets, revised budgets and actual budgets.

Owned by Cottonwoodbased Kestrel Aviation, the Wild Sky Aircraft’s Goat is a combination of hang glider, fan-powered go-kart and all-terrain vehicle.

The 80-horse-power engine and fabric-and-strut wings lift the 575-pound aircraft into the air at 45 miles per hour, after a 200-foot runway takeoff. Once in the air, the Goat cruises at about 55 mph and tops out at just under 70 mph. Landing at 35 mph requires about 400 feet of open space.

As of April 24, the city of Cottonwood is working with a balanced 2018 budget of $84,995,470 — an increase of nearly $12 million over this year’s original balanced budget of $73,112,570.

For 2017, the revised budget was $64,950,295.

On June 6, the city will look at a revised budget for 2018. Following public input, City Council will adopt the new budget Tuesday, June 20.

Home is where the job is.

Jerome Town Council met May 9 and discussed whether to keep the mandate that five positions in city governments be occupied by residents. 

The positions in question are town manager, town clerk, fire chief, police chief and public works. Town code requires those positions have a town resident.

The first thing you probably notice about the city of Cottonwood Riverfront Water Reclamation Facility is its appearance: It looks less like a wastewater treatment plant and more like a recreation facility.

It’s no coincidence of design meeting function, according to Cottonwood Regulatory Compliance, Safety and Education Administrator Debbie Breitkreutz.

Though Salt River Materials Group owns approximately 3,000 acres of the Mingus Mountain foothills for its Clarkdale Cement Plant operation, it’s the facility’s control room that makes the
biggest impression.

Three men make it their home for a shift in the plant’s 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation, sitting before a bank of computers. Above their heads, an array of high-definition TVs broadcast live feeds of data, as well as views of the interior of the plant’s 2,500 degree-Fahrenheit, 3,000-tons-aday rotating kiln.The brilliance of the kiln’s massive flame washes out nearly a third of the visual feed.

From Wednesday to Sunday, May 3 to 7, approximately 25,000 people will go through the front gates of the Verde Valley Fair.

It’s an impressive number, made more impressive by the fact that Cottonwood’s Verde Valley Fair is one of a kind — the only fair in the state run by a nonprofit instead of a municipality or county.

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