Town of Clarkdale Update

March 10, 2023

Don't miss the Clarkdale Car Show this Saturday in Downtown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Upcoming jewelry making class

Making Art at Clark Memorial Library presents -Jewelry with Ginna, Janice, and Jenny from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15! Learn the essential tools, techniques, and components for creating wearable art.

Ginna Buchanan is a master beader and will teach a box stitch necklace. Janice Paul will explore using more alternative materials, such as hemp cord and wire. Simultaneously, Jenny Emminger will demonstrate and assist students with "piecework," assembling already-made materials into earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Supplies, instruction, and assistance are provided, and the possibilities are infinite!

Classes at the library are free and open to the public. "Jewelry with Ginna, Janice, and Jenny" is the second in a series of 15 art classes intended to engage our pre-teens and teens and funded by The Friends of Clark Memorial Library and The Arizona Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the national endowment for the Arts.

Council Update

At their most recent meeting, the Town Council approved a contractual agreement for 911 deflection services with Spectrum Healthcare.

Nationally, up to 15% of calls made to 911 are for issues related to behavioral health. Law enforcement response to these calls is costly—an estimated $918M annually nationwide—and not always the most appropriate response for individuals in a crisis, leading to unnecessary incarceration and hospitalization and creating an undue burden on law enforcement, emergency departments, and hospitals. Often, individuals are not an immediate danger to themselves or others, and would be best served by mental health support, ongoing care, and connection to community resources to meet their needs. To address this overreliance on law enforcement in responding to behavioral health crises, Spectrum will leverage its experience in mobile crisis response to pilot a 911 Deflection Program in partnership with the Clarkdale Police Department.

A formal process has been developed in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies and their respective public safety answering points that is ready for immediate implementation. This includes a vetted screening process to thoroughly identify calls for service that are appropriate for 911 Deflection to a Crisis Mobile Team.

New food truck in downtown

The owners of the Main Street Cafe have now opened a food truck that will service Downtown Clarkdale.

Be on the lookout for the Mad Honey Food Truck in front of Smelter Town Brewery (next Wednesday) and the 10/12 Lounge.

Police Activity

Major incidents for the week of March 1 through March 7, 2023:

  • March 1: Officer King took a delayed report of the theft of tools and a tool box from the back of pick-up truck in lower Clarkdale. The items were valued at $600. There are no leads.
  • March 2: Officers closed Highway 89A between the Number One gas station roundabout and Centerville Road for about two hours due to a power line being down.
  • March 7: Officers assisted Verde Valley Fire personnel with a house fire on the Clarkdale reservation. The blaze was extinguished and all the occupants were rescued.
  • March 7: Ambassador Jim Mast sent in these pics of Sedona Fire Department swift water rescue training at Lower TAPCO RAP. (pics below)

Total Calls: 22

Calls Criminal in Nature: 1

Traffic Stops: 2

Citations: 0

Warnings: 0

Citations Non-Traffic: 0

Requests for Citizen Assistance: 9

Animal Problems: 3

Requests by Other Agencies for Assistance: 2

Assists Criminal in Nature: 0

Responses to Calls at the RAPS: 0

Domestic Violence Calls: 0

Warrant Arrests: 0

Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum Update

On Saturday, March 11, the Museum will be open for extended hours to accommodate visitors to the Clarkdale Car Show. As long as the "Open" sign is out, please come on by!

We have been very pleased with the number of guests to the Museum who are new residents of Clarkdale. Welcome to our community! To learn about your new town, please consider joining Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum. Not only will you hear a lot of great stories, you'll meet some great people! Visit the Museum for an application or visit online at

The Plant Sale is only a week away! Come early for the best selection, and bring something to carry your purchases, like a wagon. To get next years' sale started, bring clean pots and plant trays to donate.

Community input sought for regional transportation safety plan


Have you noticed an area that concerns you when driving?
Or walking?
Or bicycling?
Then tell them what you think by going to SAFETY SURVEY and sharing your observations.

Want to know more about what is happening in Clarkdale?

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Town Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 14th, 6pm

19 North 9th Street

Clarkdale, AZ