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The first major snowfall of the winter fell Sunday and Monday, Dec. 13 and 14, in the Verde Valley.Managing Editor Christopher Fox Graham

Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek were hit with the bulk of the storm, which dropped snow to about 4,000 feet.

The first Thanksgiving in the Plymouth Bay colony wasn’t families in their individual cabins. It was a feast of 53 Englishmen and around 90 Wampanoags dining together as a community.Georgie's Cafe

Late last week Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and his staff mediated negotiations between legislators and school officials from around the state after court-led negotiations to settle the 2010 Cave Creek v. DeWit education funding lawsuit failed.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

The court ruled in the schools' favor and ordered the state to pay the money it had refused to pay during and after the Great Recession.

The Halloween holiday is a Frankenstein monster of creativity as parents and partygoers alike assemble costumes for themselves or their children. They often piece together bits and parts of household bric-a-brac, paper, paint, duct tape, cardboard, cloth, wood and steel to give unholy birth to a one-time-only outfit.Given the odds and ends bought for original costumes, it's impossible to truly quantify the economic impact of Halloween.

Imagine Yavapai College in the year 2026. Leaner and smaller, the college focuses on the needs of its student body, which consists of residents from Prescott and the surrounding communities in western Yavapai County.Yavapai College

The Prescott Valley campus is nearly open, but the project took far longer to build, mainly because the college only has about 60 percent of the budget it did a decade earlier and had to refund part of a bond to the Verde Valley.

Last week’s shooting at Northern Arizona University brought home the fear of a mass shooting like the ones we have witnessed over past years, most recently at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., that left nine dead and nine wounded on Oct. 1.Managing Editor Christopher Fox Graham

Last month, Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis asked a Yavapai College Governing Board member a question most of Sedona and the Verde Valley already ask: "Why do you allow this culture to exist - that Yavapai College allowed their staff members to go out in the community and not be a productive member of it?"Yavapai College

Factions in Congress are preparing for a potential government shutdown on Wednesday, Sept. 30.Managing Editor Christopher Fox Graham

The fight stems from a battle over federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that provides reproductive health, maternal services and prenatal health services. Of all its services, about 5 percent of its activities include abortions - which coincidently cannot receive federal funds - that is setting up the looming government shutdown battle in Congress.

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