A voter proposition to regulate and tax the use and sale of recreational marijuana will be on the November ballot despite attempts by opponents to derail the effort in the courts.

On Aug. 19, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry dismissed a 50-page lawsuit filed July 11 by 13 plaintiffs including Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, MATForce Chairwoman Merilee Fowler, Verde Valley Fire District firefighter Ivan Anderson, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who alleged the propositions’ organizers deceived voters by not providing enough information on petitions about the law’s effect on other state laws.

The temptation can be strong to minimize the impact of government energy- and water-saving efforts, assuming the costly changes are merely cosmetic — but as Mary Conner, administrative assistant for Yavapai County District 4 Supervisor Craig L. Brown, reveals, alterations to county facilities can lead to measurable savings for Verde Valley residents.

“Improvements made in 2013 to the Camp Verde Superior Court HVAC system alone reduced our energy costs by an average of 28 percent,” Conner stated. “Over the past three years, facilities employees have replaced over 133 tons of HVAC units that were inefficient and beyond their life cycle with new energy-efficient units at the Cottonwood Verde Valley Services building and Camp Verde Detention Center.”

As part of its 2016 rate review proposal, APS plans to increase the funding to help offset power costs for eligible low-income individuals and families throughout the state.

In addition, APS officials said the plan is to make it easier for eligible customers to enroll in the program.

“Currently about 85,000 customers receive assistance but we know more people qualify for discounts, and we want to ensure those who meet the requirements are aware of the help they can get,” said Stacy Derstine, APS’ vice president of customer service.

Around 9 p.m. on Aug. 2, 76 year old Homer "Mac" McClure picked up donated blood from the United Blood Services in Flagstaff, AZ. He left Pulliam Airport around 9:14 pm.

Shortly thereafter, residents in Kachina Village and Forest Highlands reported hearing erratic airplane engine sounds followed by a large crash. Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Saferty, Flagstaff Police, Highlands Fire and AZ DOT responded to the scene of his crashed Twin Engine Piper Seneca approximately 5 miles southwest of the airport and approximately 50 yards east of State Route 89A.

In its inaugural year, the Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program hopes to reduce water usage and lessen the impact to groundwater resources.

Local nonprofit conservation group Friends of Verde River Greenway officially kicked off the program July 21. The goal is to connect Verde Valley homeowners and businesses willing to temporarily reduce their water usage with groundwater users looking to reduce the impact of their continuing use.

Cottonwood police have arrested Jessica Barrett, a 34-year-old Cottonwood resident, on two counts of child abuse and two counts of possession of marijuana after an investigation revealed she gave her 11- and 12-year-old children marijuana-infused candy.

CPD seized a bag of medicinal marijuana candies, a bag of gummy bear medicinal marijuana candies, a marijuana lollipop, a usable amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe.
According to CPD Det. Sgt. Tod Moore, “One of the children told their father it made them ‘act crazy’ after ingesting it. Due to the delay in discovery and reporting, the children did not receive medical attention. Department of Child Services is involved.”

Praising the state for its timeliness in the matter, the Sedona City Council unanimously approved a design concept to help prevent suicides off Midgley Bridge.

The vote came at the Tuesday, July 27, meeting that took all of 22 minutes.

It was one of those days for personnel from the Sedona Fire District.

The day included a lightning strike on a condominium, a wildfire and a swift-water rescue and ended with a rescue off Bell Rock.

At around 5:30 p.m., crews responded to the popular hiking area for a stranded individual who was unable to go up or down the rock face.

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