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VVFD Responds to Cottonwood House Fire

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictCottonwood AZ (May 28, 2015) – Early  morning on the 28th, 0230 hours VVFD responded to a residential fire on the 3400 block of Colorado Drive in Cottonwood.  Upon arrival the first engine company reported smoke showing and upgraded to a working fire.  All occupants were awakened by the smoke detectors and all evacuated safely, however two were transported for smoke inhalation as they attempted to extinguish the fire themselves.  Read More→

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Cottonwood AZ (April 10, 2015) – UPDATE - Video from the dashboard camera of a Cottonwood Police Department cruiser showed a close-knit Idaho family that appeared nearly invulnerable to stun guns, police batons and fists during a melee in a Walmart parking lot March 21 in which one person was killed and one officer wounded by a gunshot. 3TV | Phoenix Breaking News, Weather, Sport Read More→

Learn Hawaiian Hula and Language

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (April 9, 2015) - Get into the Aloha Spirit in Cottonwood by learning Hawaiian music, dance, and culture.  Kumu Hula (master teacher) Kehau Chrisman is offering classes in Beginner Hula and Hawaiian Language. These classes are open to those who want to learn something new, have fun, and exercise, all while becoming immersed in the culture of Hawaii.  Read More→

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logo_azdotMinimal delays expected

Cottonwood AZ (March 23, 2015) – Night work is scheduled tomorrow and Wednesday, March 24 and 25, on State Route 260 on a six-mile segment approximately three miles east of Cottonwood between Ogden Ranch Road and Cherry Creek Road (mileposts 209 to 215) between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night. Read More→

logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictCottonwood AZ (March 22, 2015) – Verde Valley Fire District crews responded to a residential fire on Rio Verde Drive in Cottonwood at approximately 4:12 am, Sunday morning.  Upon arrival they found a single story home approximately 1,800 sq.ft. with smoke and heavy fire conditions venting from the roof.  Read More→

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Cottonwood Band Presents a March Concert

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (March 10, 2015) – The Cottonwood Community Band’s 2015 concert season begins with a concert that is sure to please audiences of all ages. The concert will be held on Sunday March 22 at 3 PM at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, 150 South 6th Street, off 89A, in Cottonwood. It will be repeated on March 29 at 3 PM at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 390 Dry Creek Road, off 89A, in Sedona. Best of all, the concerts are free. Read More→


Cottonwood AZ (February 24, 2015) – UPDATE - On February 23,2015, the State dismissed the charges against the three juveniles from Mingus Union High School accused of committing kidnapping and sexual assault on January 31, 2015.  They have been released from custody.

The investigation by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing and additional information is expected.  A final charging decision will be made by the County Attorney’s Office when all information is received.  The County Attorney would like to remind the public that these individuals remain innocent until proven guilty in court. Read More→

Cottonwood AZ (February 18, 2015) – The Virtual Dementia Tour® is an individual experience through simulated dementia created for families, organizations and companies seeking to better understand the physical and mental challenges of those with dementia. Tours will be given on March 28, 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm, at the Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, 636 N. Main Street Cottonwood. Read More→

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Cottonwood Contra Dance

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (February 11, 2015) – Kick up your heels and make new friends at the Cottonwood Contra Dance on Saturday, Feb. 21st. Dance to the LIVE music by Just Desserts, the house band for Flagstaff contra dances, with calling by Kari Usher. Come alone or with friends, no experience or partner needed!  The pre-dance lesson begins at 6:30, with dancing from 7:00 until 10:00. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing; snacks to share are always appreciated.  Cottonwood Civic Center is at 805 N. Main Street, Old Town Cottonwood.  Donations are $9 per dancer and $7 for students. Contact Mark Alexander for more information: 928-699-5456 or  

logo_azdotDrivers can expect minimal delays on Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Cottonwood AZ (February 5, 2015) – Utility work is scheduled on State Route 89A in Cottonwood at Willard Street on Sunday, Feb. 8 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Northbound SR 89A between Willard Street and Calvary Way (mileposts 351 to 352) will be narrowed to one lane to provide a safe work zone for utility crews. Minimal delays expected during work hours.

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage.

For more information about this project, please call Tricia Lewis at 928-606-2420 or email

Square Dance Lessons to Begin

Monday, January 26th, 2015

logo_cottonwoodroadrunnersCottonwood AZ (January 26, 2015) – Want to meet some new friends and get your exercise all at the same time?  The Cottonwood Roadrunners Square Dance Club will be starting square dance lessons on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at the Cottonwood Civic Center in Old Town Cottonwood.  The lessons begin at 6:30pm. Read More→

Community Band Seeks Musicians

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Cottonwood AZ (December 22, 2014) – The Cottonwood Community Band invites area instrumentalists from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley to join the band when it resumes rehearsals on January 5th. There is no audition and the band welcomes all instrumentalists who read music, especially trumpeters, percussionists, and clarinetists.

Thanks to generous donations from members of the community, the Cottonwood Community Band has several instruments available to musicians who used to play in a band but no longer own an instrument. The band has two trumpets, two French Horns, a trombone, a tuba, a clarinet and a flute to loan to members of the community interested in joining the band. Read More→

Cottonwood Robbery Suspect in Custody

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

logo_ycsoCottonwood AZ (November 25, 2014) – UPDATE – Based on investigative leads developed over the last few days, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau were able to identify the Garcia’s Market robbery suspect as 29-year-old Jason Bunescu from Cottonwood. This morning, detectives located Bunescu at Yavapai College in Clarkdale and arrested him without incident. Bunescu is also on active probation and subsequent to his arrest, detectives completed a probation search of his home. During the search, detectives located a quantity of heroin and a large amount of stolen jewelry which has been linked to an area burglary still under investigation. Read More→

logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictCottonwood AZ (November 9, 2014) – The Verde Valley Fire District fire crews responded on Friday, November 7 to a special duty call for an order of smoke at E. Rebel Circle, Cottonwood at 11:28am.  Upon arrival they saw smoke venting from the attic vent and from around a wood burning pipe at the roof.  The alarm went to a working fire alarm and additional unit were dispatched.  Read More→

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Cottonwood Band Presents A Holiday Potpourri

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Cottonwood AZ (November 3, 2014) – The Cottonwood Community Band kicks off the Holiday Season with a concert of Christmas music and other musical selections in Cottonwood and Sedona. The Cottonwood concert is November 16th at 3 PM at the Mingus Union High School Auditorium 1801 E. Fir St.  The band will repeat the concert on November 23rd at 3 PM at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 390 Dry Creek Road in Sedona. Both concerts are free and open to the public. Read More→

logo_amigosdelverdevalleyCottonwood AZ (October 27, 2014) – Flooding during the monsoon season is a huge issue to Anna Sales, a 76 yr. old who lives alone in a Verde Heights housing development in Cottonwood, AZ. Since September 1993, a deluge of surface water — originating from both the side and front of Anna’s home — has flooded her home repeatedly and threatens the security of her home’s foundation.

The seesawing effect of severe droughts, which can contract the soil beneath the foundation and cause cracks, followed by deluges of rain during the monsoon season and rushing surface water, can threaten the security of a home’s foundation. The problem is, Anna wants to stay in her home yet she does not have the means to move and cannot afford to pay contractors to stem the flooding. Read More→

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logo_MATForceCottonwood AZ (September 16, 2014) – Cottonwood’s annual Recovery Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 20th  from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Garrison Park, 100 Brian Mickelsen Parkway in Cottonwood. 

September, 2014, marks the 25th year of National Recovery Month.  Cottonwood’s Recovery Day event helps spread the positive message that that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover from substance abuse. Read More→

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By Stephen DeVol, Publisher

Cottonwood AZ (September 14, 2014) – Water rates in Cottonwood and the surrounding areas are soaring. Rate payers are angry that their water bills are rising at astronomical increases: 365% in 10 years inside Cottonwood city limits; 377% in the Verde Villages and Verde Santa Fe. The reason is not that it costs more to deliver their water, but because the  City of Cottonwood acquired their water companies with 25 year revenue bonds and the rate hikes are due to the cost of the bonds used to make these acquisitions. It’s the same water, coming from the same sources, delivered by the same methods. What the rate payers are paying for is the debt Cottonwood has obligated the rate payers to pay. They are making the payments  for Cottonwood to purchase your water company. Read More→

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Cottonwood AZ (September 4, 2014) – Do something for yourself and start your day right with a morning Yoga class at the Old Town Center for the Arts.  Classes start September 9th, and there is a class for everyone. Classes are held in the beautiful Studio B at Old Town Center for the Arts at the corner of 5th and Main in Old Town Cottonwood.

Starting September 9th, Yoga classes offered at the Old Town Center for the Arts are: Dynamic Flow Yoga Class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 – 11:15AM, and a Gentle Flow Class on Tuesdays 11:45 AM – 1PM. Read More→

Cottonwood Man Sentenced on Home Invasion

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

logo_yavapaicountyattorneyCottonwood AZ (August 19, 2014) – Kenneth Birchett, Jr., a 51 year old Cottonwood man, was sentenced to 30 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections by the Honorable Michael Bluff.

On July 22, 2014, following an 18 day jury trial, Kenneth Birchett, Jr. was found guilty of Burglary in the First Degree, two counts of Kidnapping, two counts of Attempted Armed Robbery, three counts of Aggravated Assault, and one count of Possession of Burglary Tools. Read More→

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