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.

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.

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