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As the Camp Verde Community Library nears the opening of its new 17,000-square-foot facility, it’s important to understand how much local effort went into making the new library a reality.Nadia Torabi is the Youth Services manager at the Camp Verde Community Library. With the new building nearing completion, Torabi and the rest of the staff are gearing up for the transition between the two buildings.

“The number of people involved is in the hundreds,” Linda Harkness of Citizens Committee for the Camp Verde Library said. “It has been an exciting development caused by the cooperative effort of many people in a small town.

“It took about seven years of auctions, rummage sales, contests, fundraisers, talent shows and openly asking for money before CCCVL was able to hand over a check for $417,000 to the town for construction.”

Verde Valley Fire District has three more paramedics to add to its roster: Reserve Firefighter Heath Kuehne, Firefighter Pete Baile and Firefighter Jacob Marx. Each passed the 18-month Verde Valley Fire District firefighter Pete Baile on his first day as a certified paramedic, having completed his 18-month training. Reserve Firefighter Heath Kuehne and Firefighter Jacob Marx also completed the training, bolstering a roster of paramedics so that VVFD has the full staff of trained medical professionals.EMT-to-Paramedic course offered though the Northern Arizona Healthcare Education Department and Coconino Community College.“My kids grew up and moved out,” eight-and-a-half-year VVFD veteran Baile said. “I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve got time to do this now.”

Attention all Camp Verde and Rimrock-area ATV owners: Someone’s got an eye out for your favorite toy.Unknown suspects are stealing all-terrain vehicles in Camp Verde. Commonly referred to as ATVs, four-wheelers or quads, the vehicles are primarily used recreationally for trail riding in the Verde Valley, though many are street-legal.

“Over the last several weeks the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office has taken several reports of off-road vehicles — specifically quads — that have been stolen,” CVMO Cmdr. Jacquelyn MacConnell stated Aug. 26.

According to MConnell, three quads have been stolen from Howards Road alone. In addition, single quad thefts have occurred on Park Verde Road, Fourth Street, Stolen Boulevard, Ft. McDowell Street, Chino Drive and Main Street.

An autopsy has determined that a man found dead inside a burned house Aug. 8 died from suicide.The man found in a house fire Aug. 8 was determined to have died by a self-inflicted gunshot would.

Donald L. Lorimor, 58, of Camp Verde, “died of a single gun wound to the head before being consumed by fire,” stated Camp Verde Marshal’s Office Chief Administrative Assistant Darby Martin. “The Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Lorimor’s death as a suicide.”

Former Camp Verde Mayor and resident Robert L. Burnside, 70, died Aug. 14, in Camp Verde.Former Camp Verde Mayor Bob Burnside

Burnside was born Sept. 11, 1945, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Glen and Rose Burnside.

From the age of 16, he spent his life as a plumber. He worked as a contracting manager and foreman for Darwin and Jeremy Rushton at Yavapai Mechanical for 22 years, opening a local branch in Camp Verde that remained open for over 10 years, employing 126 people through its duration. Prior to Yavapai Plumbing, Burnside worked for Marlin Mechanical for 10 years, Glendale Plumbing for 10 years and for his father’s company before that.

A house fire in the Verde Lakes area resulted in the death of one man, Aug. 8.The house at 3055 Clinton Lane in Camp Verde caught fire the evening of Aug. 8. Originally a two-story building, the structure was completely involved in fire by the time first responders arrived. A body of a deceased male was found inside the building and transported to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner Office.

At 7:44 p.m., Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority was dispatched to 3862 E. Clinton Lane to respond to a report of a house fire. CCFMA arrived with three fire engines, two water trucks, an ambulance and a battalion chief to the incident.

Prior to the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 8, Camp Verde Unified School District Superintendent Dennis Goodwin took the time to pen a lengthy letter to parents and approximately 1,600 students, providing information and announcing developments.Camp Verde Middle School science teacher Brian Tankesley greets incoming eighth-grader Lili Anzar, 12, shaking her hand Monday, Aug. 8.

Those who deal regularly with Goodwin were not surprised by his candor: “As we all know, there are many challenges with each new school year. Unfunded state and federal mandates, new state and federal mandates and the search for resources to continue our technology upgrades are just a number of issues that we will face during the coming year.

The adolescent population of the Verde Valley — particularly those at risk, such as homeless or exploited youth — have gained a powerful advocate in Yavapai County Community Health Services Pediatrics Program Manager Dr. Cody Conklin-Aguilera.Dr. Conklin Aguilera

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