What's up in the Verde
Because of the itinerant and mutable nature of homelessness, getting truly representative population figures are difficult. In January, the Arizona Department of Housing published a 2017 report that stated 167 homeless people had been identified in Yavapai County.
128 of the unsheltered were located in the Verde Valley. 128 people may seem like a small figure compared with the overall population, but it is still a population that experiences significant need, especially during cold winter nights.
A packed house of scholarship seekers participated in the third annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night at the Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus in Clarkdale on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The event, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona in partnership with Yavapai College, brought together 17 scholarship providers. Students from American Heritage Academy, Camp Verde High School, Mingus Union High School, Sedona Red Rock High School, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education, Verde Valley School and Yavapai College attended.
The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board voted unanimously to consolidate COCSD with Mingus Union High School District as a single school district Dec. 5.
“We respectfully request the [Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter] call an election to allow the collective district voters to determine the consolidation question at a November 2018 election,” Tuesday’s motion read.
Cottonwood police are looking for a suspect in an alleged stabbing on Friday, Dec. 8.
Benjamin Fabian Pita is a 23-year-old Native American man, described as 6 feet tall, weighing 165 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos. Pita was last seen wearing a black-and-yellow shirt.
Pita is currently on supervised federal parole and the FBI has been notified of probable cause exists to arrest Pita, according to Cottonwood police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.