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The stars are within reach for one Yavapai College student.

Lori McDonald, a massage therapist and hairstylist with offices in Jerome and Sedona, has been invited to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Project, the aim of which is to attract and retain students in the science, technology, math and engineering fields critical to NASA’s future success.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of Harvest Inc.’s 35,000-square-foot marijuana grow facility in Camp Verde is not its existence, but the acknowledgement by the company’s top executive that the community has a right to be concerned.

“The town will continue to be protective, and they should be,” Harvest CEO Steve White said, adding that in his view the permitting process to establish the facility took longer than he expected it would. “I think that’s representative of government officials and employees doing the best things in the interest of their residents. The town has been fair and professional, but the leadership and employees were initially concerned about this use.

Imagine going to the doctor: Arriving, very possibly with an illness or injury that is causing unease or even pain, only to sit in a waiting room, counting the minutes.

Now, imagine that, instead of having to sit in that room with other people, risking exposure to those who may themselves be ill, you are given your own room to wait in — assured all the while that a health care provider is being alerted if you’ve waited too long.

Your trash is not useless or even close to useless — at least, not in Camp Verde during its Earth Day Arts Fest.

On Saturday, April 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rezzonico Park, the Town of Camp Verde hosts the inaugural event, inviting community members to interact with the natural world through a variety of activities — the most imaginative of which is an “upcycled” artwork contest.

If you’re trying to get kids into college, you’re best advised to encourage them from an early age.

It also wouldn’t hurt to requisition someone with a deep understanding of the challenges facing the Verde Valley’s youth — the places where a child may stumble, the roadblocks placed in his or her way.

Cementing bands was music to the Thunder Valley Rally Committee’s ear.

“Confirmed acts so far will be Blue Oyster Cult and Mogollon,” committee chairwoman Karen Vernetti said. “Tent and RV camping in the park area will be available this year for ‘no driving’ access to your sleeping quarters after the party. The event will still feature the Saturday Poker Run, beginning in Old Town Saturday morning, and, also to be scheduled, a motorcycle freestyle show.”

Mingus Union High School District has filed a a claim with Valley Academy for Career and Technology for nearly $394,000.

On March 10, MUHSD sent a letter via its attorney, Susan P. Segal of Gust Rosenfeld. In it, MUHSD alleges that beginning in 2012 VACTE repeatedly failed to adequately reimburse funds generated through enrollment in VACTE’s career and technical programs.

Business and municipal management consultant Pat Walker delivered a presentation, “Municipal Budget Overview,” to Cottonwood City Council members, employees and residents at the Cottonwood Recreation Center on March 23.

From the get-go, Walker established a realistic tone about the challenges of making the figures balance out. Nonetheless, she said that being fiscally responsible and providing a consistent quality of life for citizens are equally important tasks.

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