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A group of elected leaders and other land management officials has been working for more than a year to make real progress on myriad issues related to preserving the Verde Valley’s rich natural resources.After a short hike from Camp Verde’s Rezzonico Park, Shad Williams sets up on a secluded bank of the Verde River for an  afternoon of fishing. Camp Verde is working on ways to make the river more accessible for both residents, like Williams, and for tourists passing through the town, similar to what Clarkdale has done.

It’s called the Verde Front and draws on resources mainly at the local level.

Every child has talent and potential.The core belief behind Kids at Hope is that every child has some talent and potential. Kids at Hope’s banner was hung during the Children’s Celebration at Old Town’s Civic Center, as Hande Tufte led her Zumba Fit Kids in a performance for the audience.

That’s the core belief behind Kids at Hope, an Arizona-based initiative that has grown over the past two decades looking to make a difference in the lives of kids that otherwise might fall through the cracks.

Now the Camp Verde Community Library and the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office have signed on to participate.

Camp Verde’s government debt was lower than most other communities in the Verde Valley and Arizona at the end of the last fiscal year, according to a state report.Camp Verde has one of the lowest government debts in Arizona.

The town had $2.7 million in total debt, which figures out to be $249 per resident, ranking it 62nd and 74th, respectively, among 91 municipalities listed in the report.

The Beaver Creek community pulled together over the weekend to help raise money for the local public library.Karen Crownoble showed her enthusiasm by doing a cartwheel in the middle of the street during the Trek for Tech.

Specifically, the effort came together in order to support the library’s adult computer and technology classes.

Landscape maintenance is scheduled on the northbound truck escape ramp this week on a four-mile segment - mileposts 282 to 286 - of Interstate 17, approximately five miles south of Camp Verde. Work hours are Monday through Thursday, April 6 through April 9, between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.Arizona Department of Transportation

Meghan Kincheloe is more than familiar with the Verde Valley and the surrounding region.Meghan Kincheloe grew up in Sedona, but now lives in Camp Verde where her family has room to raise animals and farm. Kincheloe works with Verde Valley Community Supported Agriculture, a local group that grows fresh produce and provides shares of that produce to members who support it.

She grew up in Sedona but left the red rocks to come to Camp Verde so she and her family could find a piece of land to raise animals and grow some crops, activities that are pretty much in the surrounding area’s DNA.

The Camp Verde Planning and Zoning Commission has been diligently working for months to update the town’s general plan.Horses graze lazily in a Camp Verde pasture. The town is closing in on completing a new General Plan, which will include rules on land use, such as what can be used for farm animals and what can be used for commercial businesses.

The general plan is a roadmap of sorts, a set of guidelines outlining where residents and officials would like to see the town at moving forward.

Things will be a little bit different at South Verde High School next year. Principal Steve King will be moving on.Steve King has been the principal at South Verde High School for nearly a decade, but now he is moving on. Staying in the Verde Valley, King will be taking an assistant superintendant position at Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.

King said he has signed a letter of intent to become the assistant superintendent for the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District.