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The Cause of the Cleator Fire is Under Investigation. No tructures are threatened.

A video intended to raise awareness about human trafficking will be unveiled at 5 tonight

Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain and Co-Chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council is scheduled to give the keynote address during a Human Trafficking Forum at Mingus Union High School. Other scheduled speakers at the forum include presiding Yavapai County Juvenile Court Judge Anna Young, presiding Superior Court Judge David Mackey and County Attorney Sheila Polk. Scott Mabery, Director of Yavapai County’s Juvenile Court Services will give a history of the human trafficking video, which is called “Nursery Rhymes,” before it’s released to the public. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery in which force, fraud or coercion are used to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or work services against their will. Mingus Union High School is located on Fir Street in Cottonwood.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is looking at ways to change how employees receive pay increases

The issue of how pay raises are given out came up during a discussion on employee reclassifications Monday. Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Smith says bringing back pay raises is one of his main issues. The Board is reviewing department budgets this week, with the final presentations to take place at 9 tomorrow morning at the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.

Step right up! The Verde Valley Fair celebrates 50 years starting today

Gates open at 4 this afternoon at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds on Cherry Street in Cottonwood. Admission is 3 dollars and attractions include the petting zoo and the carnival, which includes rides, games and fair food such as corn dogs and funnel cakes. Gates open at 10 tomorrow morning and the carnival starts 2 hours later. Seniors and veterans get in free. Gates also open at 10 on Friday and Sunday, the last day of the Fair, and 9 Saturday morning. A youth rodeo will be held at the fairgrounds arena at 6 tonight and the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo is at 7 Friday and Saturday nights. Musical groups will perform on the main stage after the Rodeo both nights.

For more information, go online to vvfair.com.

Not much activity on the Cleator Fire, which remains at 141 acres and 50 percent containment

This wildfire has been burning since Sunday near the towns of Cleator and Crown King in the Castle Creek Wilderness. Prescott National Forest Service spokeswoman Debbie Maneely explains what firefighters concentrated on yesterday. Maneely says the weather has been cooperating with firefighting efforts. Maneely adds despite recent rains, the forest is still very dry. The fire isn’t a threat to any structures. The cause is under investigation.

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