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Rednecks, Gators & Snakes taking over
Bearizona Wildlife Park

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

logo_bearizona2Grab your blanket or lawn chair and get gussied up for the Bearizona Backwoods BBQ complete with music, bounce houses, gators and snakes up-close and of course some darn good BBQ

Williams AZ  (July 22, 2014) – Bearizona is hosting a Backwoods BBQ on July 26, from 12:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Fort Bearizona’a walk-thru area of the park and is open to the public. Read More→

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What’s Happening with Yavapai College?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Verde Valley AZ (July 20, 2014) - Misappropriated taxes, closed classes and yearly budgets tell a different story from what we are told about the future of Yavapai Community College in the Verde Valley.

 

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MATFORCE Thanks Community for
Top Ten Accomplishments

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (July 15, 2014) – A community working together to reduce substance abuse defines MATFORCE.  The organization’s leaders want to extend a sincere thank you to the many hundreds of supporters, partners and volunteers throughout the county who have helped achieve so much good for our community. Read More→

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logo_localfirstarizonaAnnual forum offers venue for exchange of ideas to strengthen rural Arizona and foster economic growth

Globe AZ (June 28, 2014) – The 8th Annual Arizona Rural Policy Forum will be held at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center in Miami, Arizona, during August 7 through 8, 2014. This annual forum, hosted by the Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC), a program of the Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF), will connect rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities.  Read More→

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logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictCottonwood AZ (June 26, 2014) - 

Dear Property Owners and Guest,

The Verde Valley Fire District is concerned with a potential increase of rising waters in Oak Creek and the Verde River do to the recent Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. The Slide Fire recently burned more than 21,000 acres north of Sedona, AZ, primarily within the Oak Creek watershed. The post-fire watershed will most likely result in increased runoff from the affected areas during future rain storms. Read More→

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logo_citizens4fiscalaccountabilityBy Alexander Gozdan

Arizona does not have the laws in place to regulate water rates served by municipal water utilities to inside and outside areas, to stop them from gouging the public with exhorbitant rate hikes of more than 67 percent for their most precious resource, water. Now a group of more than 400 Verde Valley citizens are fighting back.

Cottonwood AZ (June 24, 2014) – Clean, safe drinking water is more essential than electricity, gas or telephone service, yet Arizona does not have the laws in place that would empower the state to regulate the rates of water served by municipal water-processing utilities and to prevent them from gouging or taking advantage of the public with exorbitant rate hikes.

UPDATE: The Verde Valley Citizens’ Petition Will Be Hand Delivered to Arizona State Legislators Building at the Arizona State Capitol Building Complex on Monday, June 30, 2014.

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27th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

logo_arizonacowboypoetsGet a glimpse into the gentle, harsh, sweet, gritty life that the American Cowboy and his family live every day

Prescott AZ (June 19, 2014) – The modern American Cowboy is much more than just a man and his horse. Typically his entire family lives and works on the ranch whether they own it or “ride for the brand”.

These men and women live in desolate, remote areas; they work long hours caring for sometimes hundreds of cattle spread out over thousands of acres. They are a tough breed who live in some of the most ruggedly beautiful country in the world. Each of them are also loving stewards of land and animal. Read More→

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logo_yavapaifoodcouncilYavapai Food Council will sponsor food service programs this summer under the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program for Children  

Sedona AZ (June 4, 2014) – Yavapai Food Council announces the sponsorship of Summer Food Service Program for Children at closed enrollment sites throughout Yavapai County.  Meals will be provided to all eligible children, ages 18 and under, free of charge at the summer programs listed.  Children who are part of a household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. Read More→

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (June 3, 2014) – The June 25th Kids at Hope training invites teachers, administrators, counselors, youth serving organizations and parents to experience a new way of viewing and interacting with each child in their charge.  Kids at Hope challenges traditional pigeonholing strategies, such as ‘kids at risk,’ and instead views each child as capable of success, without exception. Read More→

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logo_ycsoVerde Valley AZ (May 30, 2014) – On May 25, 2014, around 12 noon, YCSO dispatchers were notified that 2 teens, ages 13 and 15, were canoeing along the Verde River and missed their predestinated pull off point at Beasley Flats Recreation area. After the rescue, deputies learned the pair had continued down the river another mile and when they realized they had gone too far, the canoe was beached. The teens then began hiking away from the river in hopes of finding their family. Instead of backtracking upstream, the pair mistakenly went cross country and followed a dry wash heading north from the Verde River. The teens are from the Tempe, Arizona, area. Read More→

Word is Out: Bears Have it Good at Bearizona!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

logo_bearizona2Williams AZ (May 22, 2014) – Bearizona staff and visitors were paid a visit by a wild bear Wednesday afternoon around 2:00 pm.  Visitors reported that a bear was “loose” a few feet off the sidewalk in Fort Bearizona. Bearizona staff responded by initiating their Escape and Recapture plan which included evacuating the walk thru area and moving all bears into lock down, while the Recapture Team maintained a visual presence with the bear and prepared for sedation. As visitors calmly left the area, Bearizona staff soon realized that all of the park’s bears were accounted for. Read More→

logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictIncludes the communities of the Verde Villages, Verde Santa Fe, Cornville, Page Springs and any other areas within the Verde Valley Fire District

Cottonwood AZ (May 21, 2014) – Extreme high wind conditions combined with rising temperatures have accelerated drying conditions across the county and the state. With several wildfires already burning in Arizona, the Verde Valley Fire District is implementing these restrictions in an effort to improve public safety conditions. Read More→

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logo_MATForceSedona AZ (May 20, 2014) – When hospital emergency department personnel are faced with unruly, difficult people, many times police officers are called in for assistance.   Over the past two years, police departments in Cottonwood, Prescott Valley and Prescott report a dramatic 25% decrease in calls from hospital emergency departments. Read More→

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logo_azdotBicyclists will be traveling along shoulders of state routes 89A and 179

Verde Valley AZ (May 15, 2014) – The Arizona Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to be alert for bicyclists traveling along the shoulders of state highways throughout the Verde Valley this weekend due to a special event.

More than 1,000 bicyclists are expected to participate in a charity bike race on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read More→

logo_yavapaifoodcouncilYavapai Food Council’s 4th Annual Healthy Food Grant will provide funding for emergency food providers to include additional fresh foods from local farmers in food boxes for the hungry.  

Cottonwood AZ (May 15, 2014) – In 2013, nearly 31,700 persons in Yavapai County were living in poverty, according to the census poverty counts by zip code. According to the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (www.iatp.org) food justice is the right of communities everywhere to product, process, distribute, access, and eat good food regardless of race, class, gender, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, religion, or community.  Read More→

logo_ormeschoolMayer AZ (May 14, 2014) – The Orme School is pleased to announce that their Community Garden has been accepted as an Approved Food Source by the Arizona Department of Health Services. One of only 3 approved sources in the state, Orme’s garden had to undergo a series of inspections and food safety procedures before being approved through a final site visit by state personnel. Demonstrating that the school has met all safety requirements, this approval allows The Orme School to utilize their homegrown produce in meals in Founders Hall, which is considered a commercial kitchen. Read More→

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logo_amigosdelverdevalleyA new emergency weed & brush clearance service for vulnerable homeowners

Cottonwood AZ (May 12, 2014) – Older and vulnerable people have a high risk of fire incidents resulting in death because they may be less able to take the quick action necessary in a fire emergency.  A new emergency weed and brush clearance service from the Amigos Del Verde Valley Volunteer Coalition – Amigos Safe-Yard™ – has been introduced to help lower their risk of death and injury from the spread of wildfires in Clarkdale, Cottonwood and the Verde Village.   Read More→

logo_yavapaifoodcouncilYavapai Food Council to educate emergency food providers from across Arizona on Yavapai Food Neighbors Project model.  

Verde Valley AZ (May 12, 2014) -According to the most recent government census, 1 out of 5 Arizonans are food insecure, unsure of where they will get their next meal.  The peak food donation season for food banks and other emergency food providers runs from September through December.  During the off season, most emergency food providers are forced to purchase food from local grocers to meet the growing needs of the hungry in our communities. Read More→

logo_MATForceWhen Drugs and Alcohol Might Be a Problem and What to Do About It

Verde Valley AZ (May 12, 2014) – The May 20th MATFORCE Lunch ‘n Learn will explore changes in a child or loved one that can signal drug or alcohol abuse.  Chemical Dependency Counselor John Schuderer, MA, LPC, LISAC,  will explore the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, offering insights as to  what steps you can take to help a loved one.   Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversVerde Valley (May 7, 2014) – Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition received an Excellence Award for Special Needs Transportation from the Arizona Transit Association/Arizona Department of Transportation during its awards luncheon held April 15 in Tucson. Read More→

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