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The opportunity to destroy a home in order to train firefighters doesn’t come around often. As a result, firefighters in the Verde Valley get a little excited when someone is kind enough to donate their property to the greater good.

On Thursday, Aug. 31, over a dozen crew members of Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority ignited a property at 25 Montezuma Castle Highway in Camp Verde.

More than 2,000 residents of the Verde Villages, the Verde Valley’s largest community, live in poverty. With that poverty comes food insecurity.

Mike Newcomb, a former Amazon.com executive and wholesale food distributor, founded Manzanita Outreach in 2011 to address the gaps between food distribution services in communities like the Verde Villages.

As the region’s only Catholic school, Cottonwood’s Immaculate Conception Catholic School serves families throughout the Verde Valley and Sedona.

Despite substantial support from parishioners of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Camp Verde and St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona, funding for the preschool at Immaculate Conception Catholic School has always been a challenge. Arizona Education Tax Credits cannot be applied to the preschool program and scholarships are not available for preschoolers.

According to a recent Huffington Post and YouGov poll, “more than a third of Americans say they or someone they know has been affected by the flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey.”

Jet Foley, owner of Rendezvous in Old Town, better known as RIOT, is one such individual. Instead of contenting herself with giving to a charity or commiserating with friends, however, she is doing something that will directly impact afflicted people in her hometown of Spring, Texas, a suburb northwest of Houston.

When Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Marshal Nancy Gardner began her tenure five-and-a-half years ago, she discovered that 90 percent of the animals captured by CVMO Animal Control were euthanized.

The year prior to her taking command, the department put down 354 dogs and cats.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 2,000 possible opioid overdoses were reported in the state between June 15 and Aug. 17, with 13 percent of these possible overdoses being fatal.

In June, Gov. Doug Ducey declared opioid abuse a statewide public health emergency and increased AZDHS’ capability to track opioid-related incidents. For the first time in the state’s history, data is gathered and presented to the public in real time.

Monday, Aug. 21 marked the beginning of the fall semester at the renovated Yavapai College Sedona Center — the first semester to feature Culinary Arts Fundamentals certificate classes in two state-of-the-art teaching kitchens.

The history behind the renovation, which includes the aforementioned kitchens, expanded classrooms designed for flexibility of use, an enclosed atrium and a new orientation for entry, is one of community involvement and advocacy, said Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus executive dean James Perey.

Lane constrictions, detours and road closures — it’s impossible not to notice the work that’s happening on Mingus Avenue.

For the last month, construction crews have made their way eastward in sections, working on a waterline installation project in advance of the second and third phases of Mingus Avenue’s improvement project.

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