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.

With topics such as Yavapai College, land development, reducing the number of inmates in local jails and the idea of a regional airport, Randy Garrison and Diane Joens put their best foot forward to explain why they want your vote.

The two are vying for Yavapai County District 3 supervisor, a position that has been held for two decades by Chip Davis. He chose not to seek a sixth term and instead run for the Arizona House of Representatives.

Joens and Garrison spoke before about 30 people during a forum on Monday, July 18. The event was held in the Village of Oak Creek and was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley and the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council. Each candidate was given two minutes to introduce themselves followed by one prepared question. They then took more than a dozen questions from the audience.

Whatever else can be said of Yavapai College’s investment in the Verde Valley, the topic produces interesting exchanges — a fact made clear during the Wednesday, July 13, meeting of the college’s Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee at The Collective Sedona Vista Hall in the Village of Oak Creek.

Committee Vice Chairman Bill Regner led the meeting, voicing criticism of Yavapai College’s lack of momentum in providing adequate course access to area residents. In addition, he questioned why members of the Yavapai College District Governing Board recently expressed confusion over what Verde Valley residents wanted the college to provide them.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is moving forward with its plan to help reduce the number of suicides off Midgley Bridge.

ADOT has agreed to place a suicide prevention barrier on the bridge as early as September in order to prevent further loss of life. Previous community efforts to prevent suicides at the bridge included posting signs with a local suicide hotline, along with community awareness and outreach.

In compliance with section 48-254, Arizona Revised Statutes, Yavapai County Free Library District is notifying its property taxpayers of the Yavapai County Free Library District’s intention to raise its secondary property taxes over last year’s level. The Yavapai County Free Library District is proposing an increase in secondary property taxes of $620,017 or 16.1 percent.

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