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While acknowledging that no one likes to undergo a medical procedure — especially one in which the words “tumor” and “cancer” may be used — Northern Arizona Healthcare is trying to minimize the stress women undergo during and after breast exams.

In February, Verde Valley Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center Sedona Campus and Verde Valley Medical Imaging Center began offering 3-D mammography to patients. According to the equipment and software manufacturer, Hologic, the exam results in earlier detection of cancer cells and reduced callbacks for false positive or inconclusive results, when compared to 2-D mammography.

The death of a Cottonwood man Feb. 28 has left his son with little support for attending college.

Robert Kind, 59, from Cottonwood, drowned in the early morning while attempting to cross Beaver Creek at Reay Road in Rimrock. Kind, a single father, left one dependent, a 17-year-old son, who is being assisted by family members to raise funds to help him attend college.

What do radio-controlled cars, cleaning products and helping the physically disabled have in common?

Mountain View Preparatory fifth-grader Michael Kintonis knows: It’s science, technology, engineering and math — or, more broadly speaking, thinking about the world with an eye to finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.

Following a presentation by Yavapai College Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Clint Ewell, the Yavapai College District Governing Board voted 4-1 on Feb. 14 to approve a 5 percent tuition increase for the 2017-18 school year.     

Board member Deb McCasland, who represents Camp Verde and Cornville for Yavapai College District 2, cast the sole vote against the increase. Connie Harris, the other board member representing the Verde Valley, including the Cottonwood area, Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek, voted in favor.

Acclimating to a new office can be a challenge, especially when the former occupant served in his role for two decades.

Following his announcement that he would not seek a sixth term as Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor, Chip Davis made way for former Cottonwood City Councilman Randy Garrison to take over earlier this year.

District 3 comprises communities in the Cottonwood and Sedona area.

Since 1991, Jerome has been out of compliance with state mandates.

The town does not have a general plan, the last being the one adopted in 1981. General plans for the town’s direction last 10 years.

A committee was formed four years ago to draft the initial document, but has since been bogged down by what was described by members present as grammar nuts and nitpickers.

We at Larson Newspapers are proud to unveil our updated website, journalaz.com.

Our website typically places among the top websites awarded by the Arizona Newspapers Association’s Better Newspapers Contest, but we want to make constant improvements to benefit our readers and our community.

Archaeology and history buffs rejoice: The Arizona Parks and Trails Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, held in March, provides activities throughout the Verde Valley.

According to Arizona State Parks Public Information Officer Monica Enriquez, the events are intended to preserve cultural resources through education. Each year, the ASPD leverages its own resources along with other organizations toward this effort.

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