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According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 2,000 possible opioid overdoses were reported in the state between June 15 and Aug. 17, with 13 percent of these possible overdoses being fatal.

In June, Gov. Doug Ducey declared opioid abuse a statewide public health emergency and increased AZDHS’ capability to track opioid-related incidents. For the first time in the state’s history, data is gathered and presented to the public in real time.

Less than an hour after opening, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona had welcomed over 30 job seekers Aug. 9 at the Cottonwood Public Library.

Milissa Koel, a career adviser with Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona’s Employer and Community Program, praised the turnout, as well as the enthusiasm of the nine employers that came seeking applicants.

Following the cutting of a fiber-optic line along State Route 260 Aug. 9, many Verde Valley residents lost phone and internet service.

According to CenturyLink Arizona media representative Karen Parry, the accident occurred in Camp Verde, in new road construction near Cherry Creek Road, when a “third party” individual or individuals severed one of CenturyLink’s lines. The resulting outage impacted CenturyLink’s 911 emergency response and internet services in and around Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

“We’ve been attacked, over and over again,” Vincent Randall said of his people, the Apache.

Randall, who acts as the Apache Culture Director for the Yavapai-Apache Nation, said that since the 1870s, when three major Apache groups in what is now Arizona surrendered to the U.S. government, Apache culture has been targeted for extermination — first, through the removal of spiritual leaders and installation of people “who could be controlled,” and second, through the replacement of traditional beliefs and values with those of the larger culture that came to inhabit the U.S.

The Yavapai County Flood Control District is raising its secondary property taxes over last year’s level.

“[Flood control] is proposing an increase in secondary property taxes of $1 million or 24.44 percent,” the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors stated via press release. “This proposed increase is exclusive of increased secondary property taxes received from new construction.”

Yavapai County’s overall budget is going up, but the tax rate is going down.

The budget will be nearly $228 million in the 2018 budget, which will be adopted in August. The budget is scheduled for tentative approval on Wednesday, July 5, in Prescott.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

In cooperation with the Cornville Historical Society, the U. S. Postal Service will offer a special pictorial postmark at the dedication of the restored Cornville Post Office on Saturday, June 24. A special “Cornville Dedication Station” postmark was designed by the Society and approved for use by the Postal Service, with help from local postmaster John Rachel.

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