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Though Salt River Materials Group owns approximately 3,000 acres of the Mingus Mountain foothills for its Clarkdale Cement Plant operation, it’s the facility’s control room that makes the
biggest impression.

Three men make it their home for a shift in the plant’s 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation, sitting before a bank of computers. Above their heads, an array of high-definition TVs broadcast live feeds of data, as well as views of the interior of the plant’s 2,500 degree-Fahrenheit, 3,000-tons-aday rotating kiln.The brilliance of the kiln’s massive flame washes out nearly a third of the visual feed.

The latest group to appear on stage at the Sedona Performing Arts Center talked about how “hot” it is, with two of its members bragging about their scorpion tattoos, playing to the preponderance of Sedona Red Rock High School students in attendance.

Although dressed in robes, the group was not Spinal Tap performing “Stonehenge.”

And the group was not exactly the Supremes ... well, wait, actually it was.

A more permanent leadership structure will soon be in place at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

According to YCVV Executive Dean James Perey, a new associate dean will likely be named by week’s end.

Thanks to Camp Verde Community Library, the Verde Valley has become one of only eight places in the nation to host Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space.

The all-ages traveling exhibition allows visitors a hands-on, insider’s view of NASA, covering six key organization areas: Human exploration, earth science, Mars exploration, the solar system and beyond, aeronautics and technology.

A verbal threat that occurred at one of Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District’s schools has awakened interest in how local school districts deal with threats of violence.

The incident, conveyed to the Cottonwood Journal Extra by a parent, is alleged to have occurred last week between students at Mountain View Preparatory.

According to the parent, the threat involved specific acts of violence including killing, and featured a firearm, yet neither he nor the child’s mother were informed by the school’s administration that their child had been threatened.

From Wednesday to Sunday, May 3 to 7, approximately 25,000 people will go through the front gates of the Verde Valley Fair.

It’s an impressive number, made more impressive by the fact that Cottonwood’s Verde Valley Fair is one of a kind — the only fair in the state run by a nonprofit instead of a municipality or county.

Each year, the American Cancer Society asks the Verde Valley to join in the Relay for Life, a fundraising event that invites community members to stay up through the night and walk in support of cancer survivors.

This year’s Relay For Life of the Verde Valley takes place Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, at Cottonwood Middle School. Beginning at 1 p.m., relay teams check in for the event. From 6:30 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, each team is expected to have one or more of its members walking the school’s track at all times in recognition of the fact that cancer never sleeps — and, thus, neither do relay teams.

Looking Good Cottonwood has had a banner year.

According to Trevor Faust, supervisor of the Cottonwood Recreation Center Fitness Center, 260 community members registered for the 12-week contest, which challenges participants to lose weight and offers prizes to winners.

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