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The Yavapai-Apache Nation is constructing the largest low-income housing project in the Verde Valley. If you blink as you drive past it, though, you might not realize it’s there: The housing community, named Tunlii by the YavapaiApache, is tucked away off State Route 260 west of Interstate 17.

The high-end appearing units are located on a downward slope angled toward the Verde River, nearly hidden by the YAN-owned Conoco station north of W. Cherry Creek Road.

A more permanent leadership structure will soon be in place at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.

According to YCVV Executive Dean James Perey, a new associate dean will likely be named by week’s end.

The latest group to appear on stage at the Sedona Performing Arts Center talked about how “hot” it is, with two of its members bragging about their scorpion tattoos, playing to the preponderance of Sedona Red Rock High School students in attendance.

Although dressed in robes, the group was not Spinal Tap performing “Stonehenge.”

And the group was not exactly the Supremes ... well, wait, actually it was.

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.

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