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Made in Clarkdale kicks off its 31st annual showcase Thursday, Nov. 30 at Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

The four-day event features art and music across the spectrum, according to Jenny Emminger, a member of the event’s new artist management team.

With each new crash on State Route 260, local officials are reminding residents of the importance of safety and reassured that the situation will soon improve.

Accidents, particularly head-on collisions, are nothing new on the nine-mile section of SR 260 under construction by Arizona Department of Transportation.

For more than two decades, Cottonwood’s Georgie’s Cafe has invited the entire Verde Valley in for a free full-course Thanksgiving meal.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., every single member of Georgie’s staff will be on hand to serve the communities of the Verde Valley.

This story has been updated from an earlier version on Nov. 20. 

Jerome Town Council called a special meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, to discuss abatement of public nuisances.

Town attorney Bill Sims expressed concerns with the current planning and zoning code that provides very limited options when it comes to dealing with a public nuisance like a dilapidated building.

Because of human involvement, only one in five sections of rivers and streams in the Verde Valley meet the cleanliness standards for their intended use.

According to a recent analysis conducted by Darcy Hitchcock, co-founder of Sustainability Alliance AZ, in concert with the Red Rock Ranger District, the longest sections of the Verde River range from a three to a five on a one-to-five scale, while the majority of Oak Creek is designated a four.

As Camp Verde Community Development Director Carmen Howard admitted, development in Camp Verde is always in danger of being eclipsed by its more populous neighbors.

If recent residential and commercial progress is anything to go by, however, any omission of Camp Verde would be inexcusable. The heavy hitter on deck, Scottsdale-based CFT Ventures, is close to beginning construction on the largest housing development to come into Camp Verde in decades.

Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner has been on administrative leave since Oct. 23. No information about what caused Town Manager Russ Martin to place Gardner on leave has been made public.

On Oct. 23, Martin said he expected the investigation into Gardner’s conduct, administered by an independent group, to take approximately two weeks. By Nov. 6, however, Martin had nothing more to add. Martin said he knew of the necessity of an investigation “since the few days at the end of the week prior” to placing Gardner on leave and moved to organize the independent group to conduct the investigation.

Cottonwood has moved forward with a plan to adopt a use tax on vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city.

On Nov. 7, City Council moved to issue a notice of intent to adopt the relevant sections of the Arizona Model City Tax Code, allowing it to assess a tax of up to 3 percent on “certain tangible property, including vehicles and equipment used or stored in the city by individuals and businesses.”

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