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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.

Since the November presidential election, in which for the fifth time in American history the winner of the popular vote did not become president, the electoral system has been heavily debated among political groups.

On Feb. 16, the Democrats of the Red Rocks invited former law professor Charles Schudson to speak about the history and effects of the electoral college, and debate if the country would be better off without it.

According to David Garcia, an education professor at Arizona State University and candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2018, Arizona offers more choices for K-12 education than any other state.

Regardless, Garcia believes students haven’t experienced the benefit of so many options. Despite the fact that for over two decades Arizona parents have been sold the idea that “as long as parents get to choose, that’s enough accountability,” more and more money has been funneled out of public schools to fund institutions and people who are not held to adequate teaching standards.

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.

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