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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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By Sherry Twamley

Ratepayers get stuck footing a $38 Million Bill

Cottonwood AZ (July 29, 2014) - It was a watershed moment when Suzanne, an elderly widow surviving on social security income in the Verde Village — a rural suburb of Cottonwood, AZ — opened her water bill in November, 2013 and was shocked to see her water rates had jumped 67%. She thought the pipes had broken or ‘there must be a big billing mistake’ that could be corrected… All she had to do is call the billing office at Cottonwood Municipal Water & Wastewater Utility (CMWWU) and they would fix it. In the meantime only a block away, another water utility customer inside city limits received his water bill with only a 30% water rate increase. Read More→

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Have Instruments – Need Players

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Cottonwood AZ (July 21, 2014) – The Cottonwood Community Band invites area instrumentalists from Sedona and throughout the Verde Valley to join the band when it resumes rehearsals on August 4th. There is no audition and the band welcomes all instrumentalists who read music, especially trumpeters, percussionists, trombonists, French Horn players, and clarinetists. Read More→

9,000 water utility ratepayers on hook for more than $31 million in bond debt & millions of dollars in interest

Cottonwood routinely used municipal revenue bonds secured by water bill revenues to finance its water utility expansion. Future generations will pay a staggering price.

By Sherry Twamley

Cottonwood AZ (July 21, 2014) – From 2004 to 2009, city officials in Cottonwood, AZ started a water utility and recklessly borrowed millions of dollars regardless of future needs, without asking voters’ permission or knowing if they could sustain the debt and interest payments over the next 25 years and beyond. Between 2004-2009, Cottonwood, a central Arizona city with 10,500 population in 2004, racked up $38 million in municipal revenue bond proceeds with no restrictions and virtually no oversight to take over private water companies. The city water utility’s ratepayers are indebted for these bonds until the year 2035 without regulatory supervision to safeguard them against double digit rate increases. Read More→

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Cottonwood AZ (June 30, 2014) – When Cottonwood raised its water rates by 67% Verde Valley resident Alex Gozdan formed a group called Citizens for Fiscal Accountability and got 400 Verde Valley citizens to sign petitions.Among the lawmakers slated to receive the petitions are Senator Chester Crandell, Arizona Representative Bob Thorpe, and Arizona Representative Brenda Barton. Read More→

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logo_ycsoCottonwood AZ (June 3, 2014) – Just before 11PM on May 28, 2014, deputies were dispatched to an assault in the 4500 block of E Silver Leaf Trail, Cottonwood. Deputies found a 21-year-old male victim with a serious head injury covered in blood. EMS personnel treated the victim as he explained that 48-year-old Randy Stewart assaulted him with a “machete” after the victim declined to purchase a vehicle from Stewart. Stewart struck the victim on the back of his head with additional blows to an arm and hand. The victim ran and barricaded himself in another room of the suspect’s home and the suspect eventually fled. Deputies obtained information from 2 witnesses who were home, but initially asleep, at the time of the attack. Read More→

logo_yavapaicollegeCottonwood AZ (May 7, 2014) – Yavapai College’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) honored the academic achievements of 18 Yavapai College students at CTEC’s annual recognition event held April 25 at the Yavapai College Prescott campus.

Katy Welch, an electronics student who lives in Cottonwood, received the President’s Award for Excellence. Jeanne L. Miller, a Prescott resident in the administration of justice program, received the Vice President’s Award for Academic Excellence. Both were also honored as the outstanding students in their respective programs. Read More→

Beginner Hawaiian Language Classes

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Cottonwood AZ (April 23, 2014) – Did you know that the State of Hawaii has TWO official languages – Hawaiian and English? The Hawaiian language is alive and well!

Come learn how to speak it correctly! Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kehau Chrisman from Hawaii is announcing the start of a “Beginner Hawaiian Language class” for students 15 and older. Students will learn Hawaiian pronunciation, simple sentence structure, and vocabulary, along with a little Hawaiian culture and history. Read More→

logo_azdotDrivers can expect a 15 minute delay between 9 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. 

Cottonwood AZ (April 10, 2014) - State Route 89A in Cottonwood at Sixth Street (milepost 352) will be closed at night between 9 and 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, as overhead utility lines are installed across the roadway. Read More→

logo_azdotCrack seal work scheduled between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday

Cottonwood AZ (April 4, 2014) – The Arizona Department of Transportation will seal cracks in the pavement on State Route 89A in both directions (mileposts 355 to 354) in Cottonwood starting Sunday night, April 6 through Wednesday night, April 9.

Work hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night and drivers can expect minimal delays.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 511. 

Verde Village Property Owners Association News

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

logo_verdevillagepropertyownersassociationCottonwood AZ (March 25, 2014) – On Monday March 24, June Hayes, President of the Verde Village Property Owners Association (VVPOA), announced the VVPOA’s Annual Meeting will be held Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the VVPOA Clubhouse, located at 4855 Broken Saddle Dr, Cottonwood. President Hayes commented, “the VVPOA March 10th General Meeting was cancelled after too few voting members attended the meeting. After a discussion with the attendees and me regarding nominations for VVPOA’s president and directors on March 10, the attendees agreed that written or email nominations would be accepted at the VVPOA Clubhouse up to 5 p.m. Sat. March 15th.” Read More→

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Contra Dance Returns to Cottonwood

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Cottonwood AZ (February 8, 2014) – Contra Dance returns Saturday, Feb. 15th, to the Cottonwood Civic Center, 805 N. Main St. in Old Town. Get ready to lift your feet as Just Desserts fills the hall with driving rhythms and beautiful harmonies; our caller will be Steve Elliot. Contra dance is easy to learn. Bring a smile & wear comfortable clothes. Come alone or bring a friend. The lesson is at 6:30 PM and the regular dance starts at 7:00. Price is $9 per dancer, $7 for students, and $6 for age 16 & under; if possible, bring a snack to share. For more information, contact or call 928-699-5456.