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Our website typically places among the top websites awarded by the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest, but we want to make constant improvements to benefit our readers and our community.

Since 1991, Jerome has been out of compliance with state mandates.

The town does not have a general plan, the last being the one adopted in 1981. General plans for the town’s direction last 10 years.

A committee was formed four years ago to draft the initial document, but has since been bogged down by what was described by members present as grammar nuts and nitpickers.

In Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Executive Dean James Perey’s view, the college has “turned a corner” when it comes to perceptions about its performance among Verde Valley residents.

“Not that we weren’t making a good effort before,” Perey said, but added that he and his staff have gone a long way to communicate with the communities of the region to establish consensus about what’s needed in a community college.

“The question is, what makes sense for the Verde Valley?” Perey asked.

Acclimating to a new office can be a challenge, especially when the former occupant served in his role for two decades.

Following his announcement that he would not seek a sixth term as Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor, Chip Davis made way for former Cottonwood City Councilman Randy Garrison to take over earlier this year.

District 3 comprises communities in the Cottonwood and Sedona area.

During a public forum on Jan. 31, community members voiced support for keeping a four-day school week at Camp Verde Unified School District — a viewpoint sustained by a 3-to-2 vote by the CVUSD Governing Board Tuesday, Feb. 14.

CVUSD Governing Board members Eric Lawton, Christine Schneider and Tim Roth voted for the measure, while President Helen Freeman and member Kitty McDowell voted against it.

Archaeology and history buffs rejoice: The Arizona Parks and Trails Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, held in March, provides activities throughout the Verde Valley.

According to Arizona State Parks Public Information Officer Monica Enriquez, the events are intended to preserve cultural resources through education. Each year, the ASPD leverages its own resources along with other organizations toward this effort.

Given his perceived influence in the presidential election, FBI Director James Comey — the man responsible for communicating with the public concerning then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server — has become a polarizing figure.

Comey addressed his part in the election season’s drama during an hour-long meeting at the FBI Headquarters in Phoenix, Feb. 1.

Thunder Valley Rally is moving.

Cottonwood City Council voted 4-2 to continue its relationship with TVR under an alternate plan presented by the TVR Committee on Feb. 7.

The committee’s alternate plan, often portrayed as a compromise, was to move the main music stages to Riverfront Park, while only closing Main Street in Old Town for a few yet-to-be-determined hours in the afternoon.

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