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The Verde Valley is no closer to having its own separate administrative college under the Yavapai College banner, but the possibility remains a hot topic in the community college advocate community.…

MUHS teacher shares culture

Students at Mingus Union High School are receiving an Imperial-grade education thanks to Ni Fenfen, a Mandarin language instructor native to China’s Fujian province.

At home, Ni teaches English, but when the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State offered her a position through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program she became one of 15 teachers brought to the U.S. from China for the 2015-16 school year.…

Wills pledges culinary school

Yavapai College President Penny Wills cemented her commitment to a culinary program in the Verde Valley while speaking to the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee Wednesday, Feb. 3.

“Let me assure you, we were already working on a culinary program before this committee was formed,” Wills said, adding that the decision to center such a program in the Verde Valley was obvious due to the area’s beauty and tourism industry.…

New commander to meet residents

The Town of Camp Verde will hold a meet-and-greet with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office’s new commander, Jacqui MacConnell, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Marshal’s Office, located at 646 South 1st Street. Light refreshments will be served.…

Rev. shares harmony of science and faith

Finding common ground between faith and reason can be a tricky task, but Religion and Science Lecture Series co-organizer Ed Womack said he embraced realms of thought — even while serving as a Methodist pastor for 60 years.…

Circle cracks sign barrier

“Can you imagine? Having no one to talk to?” Laurie Lee asked.

Deafness is a difficult subject — an affliction that fewer than two or three children per 1,000 are born with, but which many more suffer from throughout their lives. Hearing loss, if not full deafness, often results in social isolation, particularly in smaller rural communities such as those found in the Verde Valley.…

Local jailed over refuge fight

A Cottonwood man was among those arrested by Oregon State Police Tuesday, Jan. 26, in connection to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge buildings.

Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, was arrested without incident at 5:50 p.m. near Bend, Ore.…

Plante’s latest community effort

As reported in the last edition of The Camp Verde Journal — and as many community members are no doubt aware — Chandler Plante’s dedication to his community is without comparison.

Only in fifth grade at Camp Verde Elementary School, Plante is the founder of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — an event that recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, pulling together community members in one of the area’s largest such celebrations.…

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