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Religious fundamentalism is a topic that often and easily results in controversial arguments.

In reply to this trend, Björn Krondorfer, professor of religious studies at Northern Arizona University, offered some academic insight on fundamentalism and explained the basics of fundamentalist movements in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The presentation was hosted by the Church of the Red Rocks on Feb. 22.

Jerome will have to send out new bids on the Hotel Jerome roof as it looks to work with the leaseholders to make improvements. Asbestos was found in the roof. Councilwoman Alex Barber had noted the possibility last meeting.

For 16 years, Camp Verde has annually celebrated one thing: Before the wine got added to its name, the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival help locals and visitors go nuts over the pecan, one of the town’s assets.

A brief history lesson for those who don’t know: In the late 1920s, landowner’s daughter Eva Haydon planted a row of pecan trees along what would become a section of Montezuma Castle Highway known as Pecan Lane. In 2000, the Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape became a site on the National Register of Historic Places.

What might have been a minor point about speaking with one voice raised questions about board member conduct during the Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting March 7 at the school’s Verde Valley Campus.

Following an exchange between board member Deb McCasland and college President Penny Wills, Wills said it took an inordinate amount of time for her and other staff to address the media after board members spoke with the media rather than referring questions to board chairman and spokesman Ray Sigafoos.

Following the establishment of two central programs last year, Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education has fully taken over management of its Certified Nursing Assistant and Fire Science Programs.

According to VACTE Superintendent Bob Weir, the move to complete administrative independence from the associated satellite schools has resulted in substantial benefit: This year, Mingus Union High School saved over $75,000 for the CNA program and Camp Verde Unified School District saved $25,000 for the Fire Science program.

Since the November presidential election, in which for the fifth time in American history the winner of the popular vote did not become president, the electoral system has been heavily debated among political groups.

On Feb. 16, the Democrats of the Red Rocks invited former law professor Charles Schudson to speak about the history and effects of the electoral college, and debate if the country would be better off without it.

As anyone who uses them regularly knows, social media sites are tricky places: Addictive, risky due to security concerns, the various platforms provided an avenue for entertainment but also an opportunity to waste time and money.

But as Ruth Ellen Elinski, Northern Arizona Director for Local First AZ, pointed out to participants of a social media workshop March 1 at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, marketing on social media can pay off for Verde Valley businesses.

According to David Garcia, an education professor at Arizona State University and candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018, Arizona offers more choices for K-12 education than any other state.

Regardless, Garcia believes students haven’t experienced the benefit of so many options. Despite the fact that for over two decades Arizona parents have been sold the idea that “as long as parents get to choose, that’s enough accountability,” more and more money has been funneled out of public schools to fund institutions and people who are not held to adequate teaching standards.

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