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YCSO receives mental health grant

Over the last few years, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has been at the forefront of the battle against criminalizing mental health conditions — and now, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, YCSO is getting a…

Library adapts to bigger space

Three weeks after opening their doors to the public, the employees and volunteers of the new 17,000-square-foot Camp Verde Community Library are greeting each incoming patron with a warm welcome.

“There’s something that is good for your soul, to be working in a beautiful space. It’s hard to express how great that is,” CVCL Director Kathy Hellman said as she sat in the second floor common room — a space filled with natural light and comfy chairs, highlighted by a large fireplace and mantle decorated to suit the holidays.…

Mountain View Prep up for STEM grant

A vote in December could spell a major victory for science-minded students at Mountain View Preparatory.

Following a competitive grant proposal process, in November the school was named one of the 25 school semifinalists in the second annual Northrop Grumman Foundation Fab School Labs contest. Aimed at promoting STEM education by awarding five grants of up to $100,000 each, the contest requires schools to argue their case with an online video — a video that is then evaluated by the public and voted on.…

DUI charges filed in fatal Cornville crash

One man was killed in a three-car collision on Cornville Road near Verde Santa Fe at about 4 p.m. Nov. 23.

Justin Allen Goemaere, 31, of Cottonwood, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. He was riding in the front seat and not wearing a seat belt. Officials are conducting an autopsy.…

Shop with a Cop funds rise

In the space of one week, the Arizona Rangers Verde Valley Company went from announcing it had raised $8,000 for the 2016-18 Verde Valley Shop With a Cop events to announcing it had raised over $12,000.

The donation, the result of a nationwide raffle contest, marks a sixfold increase over last year and a twelve fold increase over 2013 and 2014.…

Discover local scholarships

According to Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona Regional Philanthropic Advisor Tracey McConnell, the Arizona Community Foundation offers more than 150 scholarships to Verde Valley high school students pursuing their secondary education.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus Room M-137, students and parents will have an opportunity to learn about the funding options available to them through the Arizona Community Foundations of Sedona and Yavapai County.…

Gen. Crook statue up at fort

Gen. George Crook isn’t the first person you might think of as an advocate for the native peoples of America. After all, he is numbered among the greatest military leaders who fought against the American Indians following the Civil War.

Crook’s final campaign, as head of the Department of Arizona, was an attempt to force Apache leader Geronimo’s surrender. In March 1886 Crook — who had been given the honorary nickname of Nantan Lupan, or “Grey Wolf,” by the Apache — received word that Geronimo would meet him in the Cañon de los Embudos, in the Sierra Madre Mountains near the Mexican border.…

Students make vow to be kinder to each other

Hundreds of students at Cottonwood’s Mountain View Preparatory vowed to make the world a kinder place Tuesday, Nov. 15.

In concert with local group SedonaKind, MVP hosted Think Kindness founder, Brian Williams, a self-described “Kindness Ninja” — a man who came prepared not only with a t-shirt proclaiming the title, but a fourth-degree back belt. A nationally recognized kindness advocate, Williams promotes kindness in schools and communities, engaging people in an effort to improve lives and reduce bullying.…

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