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The Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission was established by the City Council in 2010 with the goal of looking at the identification, evaluation, protection, preservation and enhancement of historic properties that have significance for the city of Cottonwood.The Historic Preservation Committee is outlining its plans for the future, which includes two buildings in Old Town. One of them is the historic Cottonwood Jail, which is now the Wild Rose Tea House.

Since then, the city has placed two buildings of historic importance on its official historic register.

Yavapai College has the opportunity to receive some ranch land along Oak Creek near Cornville.Yavapai College recently had a meeting concerning the DK Ranch on Oak Creek in Cornville. Clarkdale campus Dean James Perey, right, and Governing Board Member Albert Filardo attended the meeting on the Verde Valley campus, teleconferencing to the Prescott campus.

The DK Ranch sits along nearly 1,500 feet of Oak Creek and consists of around 45 acres.

The theater program at Mingus Union High School has been recognized for its work after winning six of 13 awards this month at the American High School Theater Awards, hosted at Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.Francine Furphy paints exaggerated lines on Louis Galluzzi’s face for the production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The Mingus Union High School ATORT program recently won several awards for the production.

The students won in several categories for their work in putting on a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," a musical based on a film from the 1960s about a woman making her way in 1920s New York.

The matriarch of a family involved in a brawl that turned fatal in the Cottonwood Wal-Mart parking lot earlier this year had her bail reduced after her attorney attempted to show the woman didn’t take a direct role in the fight.Peter and Ruth Gaver's bonds were lowered at a recent hearing at Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde

Ruth Gaver, 52, was charged with resisting arrest following the March 21 fight, which left Enoch Gaver, 21, dead, his brother, 18-year-old David, shot in the stomach and Cottonwood Police Officer Sgt. Jeremy Daniels shot in the leg.

Flush it and forget it may be standard bathroom operating procedure for most folks but just because it’s down the drain doesn’t mean it’s gone.The City of Cottonwood gave a tour of the wastewater  treatment facility last week. Superintendant Deborah Breitkreutz. Explained the process to treat the water involves the use of bacteria and protozoa.

The city of Cottonwood opened the doors of its wastewater treatment plant last week to the public to show people how things are processed once they end up in the sewer system.

There’s a lot of history up on the mountain in Jerome.The town of Jerome will soon be putting on its annual historic home tour. The first home was built in 1898, and is known as the Mills House.

Next weekend, hundreds of people will get the chance to peek into the homes of the men and women who lived there and continue to do so.

The city of Cottonwood has an obligation to pay the pensions of the men and women who have served in its police and fire departments.Pension for participating city agencies, including Cottonwood Police and Fire Departments, could be changing. Firefighter/Paramedic Larry Wright of the Cottonwood Fire Department has put in 21 years with the department, of 31 total years in the field. Pension changes could affect Wright, as he is scheduled to retire March 1 of next year.

The problem is that those funds have been underfunded for more than a decade.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman said investigators are expected to complete their inquiry into the fatal shooting in the Wal-Mart parking lot by the end of this month.The DPS report for the Wal-Mart brawl on March 21 is expected at the end of May

In reply to a May 1 email seeking updated information and a target date for completion, Bart C. Graves replied: “Another 29 days.”

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