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If Deb McCasland has her way, the Verde Valley will someday have a Yavapai College Career and Technical Education Center to match the facility in Prescott. McCasland, a Yavapai College District Governing Board member, represents communities in the Verde Valley including Beaver Creek, Camp Verde, Cornville, Middle Verde, Montezuma and Verde Lakes.

Following the resignation of board member Al Filardo in 2016, McCasland’s voice has been the most vocal in support of allocating a greater share of the college’s funds toward programs and facilities in the Verde Valley.

The town of Clarkdale and the Yavapai County Free Library District commemorated the reopening of Clark Memorial Library, celebrating a community effort to keep the doors of the 90-year-old institution open, Thursday, Oct. 19 at Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

In May, Clarkdale Town Council voted not to renew its contract with the library district — an act that not only resulted in the library’s closure June 30, but spurred immediate efforts to reopen the library. Clarkdale Post Office Postmaster James Salmon and others formed the Friends of the Clark Memorial Library.

More than three dozen Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus students took part in this year’s University Transfer Day, Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Students met with representatives of seven Arizona universities and colleges to see how their Yavapai College courses transfer to the larger institutions, as well as scope out financial aid, scholarships and housing options.

First, Yavapai College renovated its Sedona Center. Then, it began the first semester of culinary program coursework, welcoming 70 students a day through its state-of-the-art commercial cooking and baking kitchens.

Now, the college has decided on an official name for its culinary program: The Sedona Culinary Institute of Yavapai College. 

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 2,000 possible opioid overdoses were reported in the state between June 15 and Aug. 17, with 13 percent of these possible overdoses being fatal.

In June, Gov. Doug Ducey declared opioid abuse a statewide public health emergency and increased AZDHS’ capability to track opioid-related incidents. For the first time in the state’s history, data is gathered and presented to the public in real time.

Less than an hour after opening, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona had welcomed over 30 job seekers Aug. 9 at the Cottonwood Public Library.

Milissa Koel, a career adviser with Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona’s Employer and Community Program, praised the turnout, as well as the enthusiasm of the nine employers that came seeking applicants.

Following the cutting of a fiber-optic line along State Route 260 Aug. 9, many Verde Valley residents lost phone and internet service.

According to CenturyLink Arizona media representative Karen Parry, the accident occurred in Camp Verde, in new road construction near Cherry Creek Road, when a “third party” individual or individuals severed one of CenturyLink’s lines. The resulting outage impacted CenturyLink’s 911 emergency response and internet services in and around Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

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