Verde Independent

116 South Main Street
Cottonwood, Arizona 86326
(928) 634-2241
(928) 634-2312 fax

About The Verde Independent

The flagship publication, the award-winning The Verde Independent, serving the Verde Valley region of north-central Arizona since the publication started in 1948. The three-times weekly product is the primary news source for the Upper Verde region of the Verde Valley, covering the communities of Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Verde Village, Cornville, Page Springs and Sedona.

The Camp Verde Bugle is a three-times weekly zoned edition of The Verde Independent, covering the communities of Camp Verde, Lake Montezuma, Rimrock and McGuireville. The Camp Verde Bugle was named in recognition of the bugle calls still heard daily in Camp Verde from an old U.S. Cavalry outpost now known as Fort Verde State Historic Park. The newspaper has been published since 1986 and is regarded as the primary news source for the Lower Verde region of the Verde Valley.

Related Online Content

A Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc. publication

Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc. publishes The Verde Independent, as well as The Camp Verde Bugle, Kudos, The Ad-King, The Villager and The Smart Shopper.

Other Publications


An enthusiastically received weekly publication, recognizes and applauds "The Good Life" of the Verde Valley - Sedona with a focus on upcoming leisure activities, entertainment, events, arts, music, people and enterprise. It shares an online counterpart -

The Villager

The Villager is "The Voice of Big Park," serving an area more commonly known as the Village of Oak Creek (VOC), a bedroom community for Sedona, Arizona. The Villager is published monthly and inserted into Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc.'s flagship publucation, The Verde Independent. Articles from The Villager are also posted to the Independent's online publication,

A direct URL to online Villager articles can be found here:

Smart Shopper

A total market product that covers from Cottonwood to Camp Verde every Tuesday. It is distributed to non-subscribers inserted with grocery ads and other flyers, as well as inserted into our newspapers.

Key Personnel

General Operations

Pam Miller
Publisher/CEO (Ext. 6019)


Nellie Monroe
Business Manager (Ext. 6015)


Dan Engler
Editor (Ext. 6032)


Raquel Hendrickson
Bugle Managing Editor (Ext. 13)


Jon Hutchinson
Reporter (Ext. 6033)


Bill Helm
Bugle Staff Reporter (Ext. 14)


Vyto Starinskas
Photographer (Ext. 6031)


Nancy James
Graphics Manager (Ext. 6022)

Circulation Information

  Total Distribution
Paid Circulation

Verde Independent/
Camp Verde Bugle


    (home delivery, mail, rack and dealer sales)

  Total Distribution
Paid Circulation



    (Direct-mailed to Sedona homes, included
in Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle
and racks)
    Total Distribution
Paid Circulation

The Villager


    (Mailed, also distributed in racks throughout VOC)

    Total Distribution
Paid Circulation

Smart Shopper


    (Inserted in the Verde Independent/Camp Verde Bugle)

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Subscription Information

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Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc.

116 South Main
Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

To subscribe to The Verde Independent by telephone, please call (928) 634-2241 or toll-free at 1-800-647-9565.

Current Local News

Verde Independent RSS Feeds: Latest News

DuVal supports driver's licenses for 'Dreamers'


PHOENIX -- Calling her action "mean spirited' and a "mistake,' Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to "dreamers.' "Forty eight states allow dreamers to drive,' the Democrat gubernatorial candidate said during a debate. "We should join the rest of the nation.' But Republican Doug Ducey said during the hour-long event broadcast on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate, that he sides with Brewer's 2012 decision to deny licenses to the nearly 21,000 Arizonans who have been accepted into the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

As state's largest voting bloc, independents far from force in primary


PHOENIX - As an independent voter, Ariel Motz said she understands the importance of her vote and is proud to be part of the state's largest voting bloc. But she said the current election system is stifling the voices of independent voters, starting with the way Arizona handles primaries. As an independent, Motz has to choose a party's ballot to vote in the primary. Because she votes early, she has to decide each election which ballot the Maricopa County Elections Department mails her.

New Report: Arizona sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher


PHOENIX -- If the ongoing political debates about education funding have not convinced you, a new study might: Arizona is the sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher. The report by WalletHub says the average starting salary for teachers, listed as $31,874 for 2012-13 school year by the National Education Association, is the 44th lowest of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. And that ranking comes even after accounting for the lower cost of living here than many other places. It's also not great for those who stay in the profession, the study says, with median salaries for all Arizona teachers at No. 48, also measured against the cost of living.

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