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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.

What features 16 speakers, poetry and a panel of officials?

On any other occasion, “poetry slam” would have been a good guess. Unfortunately, the correct answer was: The Arizona Corporation Commission public comment meeting that took place March 29 at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

Since last year, students across the state have taken the AZ Merit standardized tests, which replaced the previous AIMS test.

Beginning March 27, the window officially opened for school districts to begin measuring student proficiency via the test. The AZ Merit has limited scope, assessing English Language Arts and Mathematics, and unlike AIMS is not a requirement for grade-level graduation.

Sedona temporarily became a hub for top neuroscientists from across the country.

The Spring Brain Conferences celebrated their 16th anniversary March 16 to 19 at Poco Diablo Resort and for the first time also held an outreach program in Sedona, consisting of a free community event at the Sedona Performing Arts Center as well as presentations in science classes at Sedona-Oak Creek schools.

The Jerome Town Council unanimously approved a motion to proclaim April 1 to be Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in Jerome during its meeting on March 14.

Mayor Frank Vander Horst emphasized the importance of recognizing Vietnam veterans, many of whom came home wounded or severely disabled, and securing that never again a generation of veterans is disregarded.

According to Sedona Recycles Executive Director Jill McCutcheon, while most communities in the Verde Valley allocate funds to pay for recycling services, Cottonwood has been content to let the county subsidize much of its residents’ recycling needs.

In 2015, Sedona Recycles pulled its approximately two dozen bins at five different sites within Cottonwood city limits, ending a decade and a half of service. At that time, Sedona Recycles and the city of Cottonwood had no contractual agreement with one another. McCutcheon said at the time the organization could no longer afford to cover the cost of providing service.

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.

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