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College board spot re-posted

Over the course of 24 hours, Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter announced that five candidates had applied for appointment to the Yavapai College District Governing Board by deadline and reopened the search for more candidates.

The deadline for submission to take over Al Filardo’s…

New members join VACTE

During its last meeting of the calendar year, the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education Governing Board swore in two new members and a re-elected member.

Frank Vander Horst and Jeff Wassell took the oath of office, while Steve Pike was welcomed for another term. Vander Horst and Wassell replace four-year-term elected board member Charlene Day and 18-month appointed member Dan Brown.…

Hotel is a ‘game changer’

Cliff Castle Casino’s six-story, 122-room hotel will start hosting guests Tuesday, April 4, but locals need not wait that long to see a portion of what’s been completed. On New Year’s Eve, the casino will unveil its new 5,000-square-foot multipurpose room and 300-car parking garage.

“It’s a long time coming,” Marketing Operations Manager James Perry said. “People are excited about it.…

Y-A Nation to map the Exodus

Members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation are trekking to San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation about 100 miles east of Phoenix.

At Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, Thursday, Dec. 1, Yavapai-Apache Nation members marked the official blessing and beginning of the journey, which officials estimate will take three weeks. Thanks to a National Parks Service grant, a geographic information system technician will be accompanying the party, mapping along the way.…

YCSO receives mental health grant

Over the last few years, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has been at the forefront of the battle against criminalizing mental health conditions — and now, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, YCSO is getting a helping hand.

With the funds, the YCSO Mental Health Collaboration Program enters its planning and implementation stage. The ultimate goal of the program is to support law enforcement responses such as mental health courts, pre-trial services, diversion and alternative prosecution and sentencing programs, treatment accountability services, training for officers and reentry services to address mental illness and substance abuse disorders.…

Library adapts to bigger space

Three weeks after opening their doors to the public, the employees and volunteers of the new 17,000-square-foot Camp Verde Community Library are greeting each incoming patron with a warm welcome.

“There’s something that is good for your soul, to be working in a beautiful space. It’s hard to express how great that is,” CVCL Director Kathy Hellman said as she sat in the second floor common room — a space filled with natural light and comfy chairs, highlighted by a large fireplace and mantle decorated to suit the holidays.…

Mountain View Prep up for STEM grant

A vote in December could spell a major victory for science-minded students at Mountain View Preparatory.

Following a competitive grant proposal process, in November the school was named one of the 25 school semifinalists in the second annual Northrop Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs contest. Aimed at promoting STEM education by awarding five grants of up to $100,000 each, the contest requires schools to argue their case with an online video — a video that is then evaluated by the public and voted on.…

DUI charges filed in fatal Cornville crash

One man was killed in a three-car collision on Cornville Road near Verde Santa Fe at about 4 p.m. Nov. 23.

Justin Allen Goemaere, 31, of Cottonwood, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. He was riding in the front seat and not wearing a seat belt. Officials are conducting an autopsy.…

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