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What features 16 speakers, poetry and a panel of officials?

On any other occasion, “poetry slam” would have been a good guess. Unfortunately, the correct answer was: The Arizona Corporation Commission public comment meeting that took place March 29 at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

Since last year, students across the state have taken the AZ Merit standardized tests, which replaced the previous AIMS test.

Beginning March 27, the window officially opened for school districts to begin measuring student proficiency via the test. The AZ Merit has limited scope, assessing English Language Arts and Mathematics, and unlike AIMS is not a requirement for grade-level graduation.

Sedona temporarily became a hub for top neuroscientists from across the country.

The Spring Brain Conferences celebrated their 16th anniversary March 16 to 19 at Poco Diablo Resort and for the first time also held an outreach program in Sedona, consisting of a free community event at the Sedona Performing Arts Center as well as presentations in science classes at Sedona-Oak Creek schools.

Dripping wet and smiling after navigating five to 10 miles of Verde River rapids near Camp Verde March 18, this year’s Verde River Runoff racers were helped out of the water by a group of teenage volunteers.

It’s the third year in a row that Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education’s Fire Science students have participated in the River Runoff. The group, comprised of four Mingus Union High School students, three Camp Verde High School students and two Sedona Red Rock High School students, are all working toward 15 college credit hours and industry certification through VACTE.

Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh will have to wait a while longer to hear what the City Council thinks of his job performance.

Following an 75-minute executive session discussion of Bartosh’s responsibilities during the Cottonwood City Council meeting March 21, the council voted to delay action on Bartosh’s annual review and employment agreement.

A year-and-a-half down the road, commuters along State Route 260 will enjoy nine new miles of divided highway and run less risk of a disastrous wreck, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Construction has begun on the project, with the bulk of activity happening overnight within a mile west of Interstate 17. The project will occur in two westward-progressing phases: Phase one will extend from I-17 to Cherry Road. Phase two will extend from Cherry Road to Thousand Trails Road.


The Arizona Corporation Commission will hold a series of Public Comment Meetings regarding the settlement in the Arizona Public Service Company (APS) rate case.


The agreement includes a rate hike of $6 per month for the average customer instead of the $11 it was originally seeking.

Arizona Corporation CommissionAPS filed its rate case in June. Thirty of the 40 parties, including Corporation Commission Staff and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) agreed to the settlement terms .The agreement still requires a vote by the Commissioners.

A vote will take place after public comment hearings and hearings before an Administrative Law Judge allowing stakeholders and interveners to weigh in on the settlement terms.

The next Public Comment Hearing will take place Wednesday, March 29, in Clarkdale, at Yavapai College's Verde Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, in Clarkdale, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Although the Arizona Corporation Commission stated future meetings would be posted on the website at www.azcc.gov under Open Meeting Calendar and Agendas, this meeting has not yet been noticed.

The public can file comments on line at www.azcc.gov and clicking Utilities Division. You can read the entire settlement agreement by going to eDocket and entering docket number E-01345A-16-0036 or you can CLICK HERE.

Prior to the Camp Verde Unified School District Governing Board voting on March 13 to extend the four-day school week to the 2022-23 school year, board member Helen Freeman said, “I think it’s irresponsible leadership to say we’ll do this for three years, no matter what — if it doesn’t work, we need to change it.”

Board member Kitty McDowell asked whether the board felt responsible to those families who hadn’t spoken out against altering the existing four-day school week — those whom McDowell had spoken with and expressed their children’s need for increased time in school.

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