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Though he resides just outside Park City, Utah, Mingus Union High School Interim Superintendent Jack Keegan is no stranger to Arizona school district politics — or, for that matter, acting as a superintendent for school districts in transition.

From 2013 to 2014, Keegan was interim superintendent of Gilbert Public School District, administering a board that was described by various media outlets as tense and divided. Ultimately, Keegan handed in his resignation early.

The Verde Valley boasts an abundance of trail enthusiasts — a fact the Prescott National Forest Verde Ranger District hopes to use to its advantage as it prepares to begin a volunteer trail maintenance crew in Camp Verde.

“Initially, the efforts will focus on trail maintenance, but as we move forward with a very comprehensive trails analysis this year the opportunities for construction activities are likely to increase,” Thomas A. Palmer, East Zone Recreation Program Manager for the Prescott National Forest Verde Ranger District, said, adding that he hopes to attract a diverse group of trails enthusiasts.

According to Tony Papa, Forest Trails Coordinator for the Prescott National Forest Verde Ranger District and lead contact for the effort, many trails on National Forest land are established and maintained by volunteers.

Following a presentation by Yavapai College Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Clint Ewell, the Yavapai College District Governing Board voted 4-1 on Feb. 14 to approve a 5 percent tuition increase for the 2017-18 school year.     

Board member Deb McCasland, who represents Camp Verde and Cornville for Yavapai College District 2, cast the sole vote against the increase. Connie Harris, the other board member representing the Verde Valley, including the Cottonwood area, Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek, voted in favor.

We at Larson Newspapers are proud to unveil our updated website, journalaz.com.

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.

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