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According to Pulitzer Prize finalist author and journalist Robert Whitaker, substantial evidence supports one conclusion: The American public is being defrauded by the American Psychiatric Association and the pharmaceutical industry.Mental Health Summit 5

“I think we have organized our care around a false narrative,” Whitaker said to a packed room at Cliff Castle Casino, Friday, Aug. 26, during the Mental Health Summit 2016, hosted by the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley.

Last month marked a milestone for Cottonwood Police Department’s Crime Free Multi-Housing program: Rio Verde Apartments and Sagewood Apartments became the second and third complexes to become fully certified crime-free communities.Rio Verde Apartments is one of three multi-housing complexes certified in Cottonwood Police Department’s Crime Free Multi-Housing program, which creates a relationship between communities and the police. The program also allows tenants to more easily evict tenants engaged in criminal behavior.

The CFMH program has been in effect since 2006, when City Manager Doug Bartosh — then CPD chief — implemented it. According to Sgt. Monica Kuhlt, the program’s coordinator, officers saw immediate positive results.

On Aug. 9, the Jerome Town Council approved a new 3.5 percent tax on commercial rentals.Jerome will now tax its commercial rental property.

“Although residential rentals have been subject to a 3.5 percent local tax since 2010, commercial rentals were previously exempted,” stated Jerome Town Manager Candace Gallagher via press release Aug. 15. “Beginning on Nov. 1, 2016, commercial rentals will be taxed at the same rate as residential rentals.”

“People are realizing we’re making movements,” Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey said Thursday, Aug. 18.Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey discusses his role in fostering a healthy  post-secondary educational environment in the Verde Valley. The remodel of the Sedona Center, he said, is a firm go.

Perey admitted that press critical of the college occasionally gets to him. Focusing on perceived disparities between Prescott-area facilities and programs and those of the Verde Valley, however, makes it difficult for positive relationships to grow. According to Perey, though there has always been a “separation between east and west” in the college, he and others are working hard to account for the changing demographics — and thus, changing needs — of the Verde Valley.

One thing became clear during the League of Women Voters of Greater Verde Valley Clarkdale Town Council candidate forum, Thursday, Aug. 11, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church: Clarkdale has a complicated relationship with growth.The League of Women Voters hosted a candidate forum in Clarkdale last week. From left are Tommy Nester, Richard Dehnert and Scott Buckley.

Asked what he hopes Clarkdale will look like in a decade, Tommy Nestor, a write-in candidate for one of two seats, said, “I’d like to see it look just like it does today,” adding that he wants the town to retain its current layout and character.

As city of Cottonwood Finance Director Rudy Rodriguez began his address to a crowd gathered for another installment of the Mayor’s Coffee Talk series, Saturday, Aug. 13, he warned that governmental accounting is different from business accounting and can be difficult to understand.Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens
Prior to the event, Mayor Diane Joens had sent out a press release about the budget presentation, stating that she sought “to answer questions and dispel the rumors that are currently circulating” concerning the city’s financial situation.

Federal court documents allege that a Clarkdale woman received online images of an infant being sexually assaulted and communicated her intention to molest a friend’s 3-year-old daughter.Sarah Cox

Sarah Cox is charged in a criminal complaint filed Aug. 4 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix by a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. The complaint lists three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography sent interstate via computer.

If anything is true of the state of national politics, it’s that it can be contentious and controversial.“Why is McCain #Afraid2Debate?” was a question asked by much of the crowd at a U.S. Senate Republican Candidates Town Hall Forum at the American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood. U.S. Sen. John McCain did not attend.

“I didn’t drive all the way up here to be civil,” moderator Mike Broomhead, host on Phoenix’s KFYI 550 AM radio station, said in his welcome to Arizona candidates for U.S Senate — former Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward and radio host Clair Van Steenwyk, and incumbent U.S. Sen. John McCain’s representative Mark Buce.

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