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If he builds it, will they come?

For Eric Jurisin of the Haunted Group, the answer is “maybe” as he prepares for the grand opening of the Tavern Hotel expansion in Old Town Cottonwood.

The Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town was built in the late 1930s as part of a Workers Progress Administration project. Today, almost 10 years after the end of the Great Recession, the city of Cottonwood has invested into a facelift of the space.

Currently, the building is inaccessible to the public. The space is expected to be a draw in Old Town for weddings and community events once completed.

Cottonwood City Council approved a motion to apply for grant funding of the operations of Cottonwood Area Transit and Verde Lynx during a regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The grant must be applied through the 5311 Rural Public Transportation Program, which addresses mobility needs in rural areas in Arizona.The Federal Transit Administration allocates federal funds annually to provide funding for administrative operating and capital costs of the public transit system.

Last year, former Mingus Union High School District Governing Board President Andy Groseta proposed consolidation of MUHSD and Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District to his Governing Board. Since then, there has been an active discussion of consolidation from members of both districts.

While one group is collecting information to put the issue into the hands of voters, members of the MUHSD board have moved forward with collecting more data to understand the implications of consolidation.

Verde Valley Fire District responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 260 and Western Drive on Friday morning. 

VVFD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident blocking the Eastbound lanes of SR 260. Upon arrival, crews found a vehicle with heavy damage to the front end, and one occupant out of the vehicle sitting on the sidewalk.

After 11 years of service as city manager of Cottonwood, Doug Bartosh announced on Thursday, Feb. 8 that he will retire in January of next year.Bartosh said when he took the helm as city manager, his main focus was on improving the quality of life in the city with a stronger code.

“We tried to emphasize making Cottonwood business-friendly,” he said. “I think we’ve always recognized Old Town Cottonwood as a diamond in the rough.”

A 56-year-old homeless man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault, aggravated assault and false imprisonment after luring a woman into his encampment, according to Cottonwood Police.

The woman reported to Cottonwood Police Wednesday night that she had been sexually assaulted by Carmen Amato after he lured her over to his campsite saying that he had food for her dogs, police said.

The community in Cottonwood has rallied in support of a Cottonwood police officer who has been battling a brain tumor.

Officer John “Jack” Glock is a recent graduate of the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy. Before that, he was a corrections officer at a maximum security prison north of New York City. Glock was diagnosed with the tumor last summer, shortly after starting his career in law enforcement.

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