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After winning a gold medal for Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Arizona Republic’s Arizona Grand Wine Festival in January, students enrolled in the enology program at the Yavapai College Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale closed out the year by earning top marks at the Jefferson Cup Invitational competition in Kansas, Mo., Nov. 16 and 17.

“The latest student-crafted wines to be trumpeted [are] a 2016 Mourvedre and a 2015 Viognier,” Yavapai College Marketing and Communications Coordinator Jennifer McCormack said. “The Mourvedre earned a coveted Jefferson Cup in its category...The Viognier won a bronze medal in the same competition.”

A recent rash of vehicle burglaries in the Verde Villages offers a concrete lesson in foresight — the kind of lesson that may seem obvious but bears repeating: Lock vehicle doors.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 16, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Verde Village units 2 and 4 regarding the vehicle burglaries.

If Deb McCasland has her way, the Verde Valley will someday have a Yavapai College Career and Technical Education Center to match the facility in Prescott. McCasland, a Yavapai College District Governing Board member, represents communities in the Verde Valley including Beaver Creek, Camp Verde, Cornville, Middle Verde, Montezuma and Verde Lakes.

Following the resignation of board member Al Filardo in 2016, McCasland’s voice has been the most vocal in support of allocating a greater share of the college’s funds toward programs and facilities in the Verde Valley.

The town of Clarkdale and the Yavapai County Free Library District commemorated the reopening of Clark Memorial Library, celebrating a community effort to keep the doors of the 90-year-old institution open, Thursday, Oct. 19 at Clark Memorial Clubhouse.

In May, Clarkdale Town Council voted not to renew its contract with the library district — an act that not only resulted in the library’s closure June 30, but spurred immediate efforts to reopen the library. Clarkdale Post Office Postmaster James Salmon and others formed the Friends of the Clark Memorial Library.

More than three dozen Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus students took part in this year’s University Transfer Day, Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Students met with representatives of seven Arizona universities and colleges to see how their Yavapai College courses transfer to the larger institutions, as well as scope out financial aid, scholarships and housing options.

First, Yavapai College renovated its Sedona Center. Then, it began the first semester of culinary program coursework, welcoming 70 students a day through its state-of-the-art commercial cooking and baking kitchens.

Now, the college has decided on an official name for its culinary program: The Sedona Culinary Institute of Yavapai College. 

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, nearly 2,000 possible opioid overdoses were reported in the state between June 15 and Aug. 17, with 13 percent of these possible overdoses being fatal.

In June, Gov. Doug Ducey declared opioid abuse a statewide public health emergency and increased AZDHS’ capability to track opioid-related incidents. For the first time in the state’s history, data is gathered and presented to the public in real time.

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