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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.Von Hatch, left, checks out a book to Bryanna Truett, 16, in the Camp Verde Community Library’s teen section. The new building has dedicated teen and children’s areas separate from each other, the old building did not.

“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.

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.Flanked by Arizona Rangers Major Tim Cummings, left, and Capt. Gary Jordan, Cottonwood Police officer Sgt. Monica Kuhlt draws the winning ticket for a commemorative AZ Rangers carbine.

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.

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.Zack Garcia/Larson Newspapers

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. 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.A bronze sculpture titled Gray Wolf Vigilance by Clyde Ross Morgan was recently donated to Fort Verde State Historic Park. The bronze features Gen. George Crook on his mule Apache, in search of Geronimo, who watches from above. The statue was previously owned by the late Thron Riggs, a former mayor of Sedona, and his wife Iva.

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.

Drivers passing by the McGuireville rest area off Interstate 17 on the morning of Nov. 8 were subject to a rare sight: A motor vehicle accident training drill involving five dozen personnel from nine different public safety departments.Firefighters from several agencies work together to apply a neck brace to a high priority car accident victim in a simulated car accident, staged at the northbound Interstate 17 rest area near Rimrock. The simulation had agencies dispatched to an accident involving several children.

An interagency memo on Nov. 7 documented the plan set to begin after 8 a.m.

“The training will consist of a motor vehicle accident involving a 12-passenger van being involved in a rear-end type collision with a passenger vehicle.

According to Arizona Department of Transportation Senior Community Relations Officer Coralie Cole, roundabouts are here to stay despite many community members’ reservations about them — so people might as well get used to them.There is currently a left-turn-only island median where Goswick Way and Industrial Drive intersect with State Route 260, preventing vehicles from driving straight across. This will be replaced with a roundabout.

Anyone driving into Enchantment Resort knows one thing above all else: The facilities sit amid some of the most stunning property in the Sedona region.File photo/Larson Newspapers

What many do not know is that, in addition to operating its business, Enchantment does its fair share to preserve the surrounding landscape. Established by Enchantment in cooperation with the U.S. National Forest Service in the 1990s, the Boynton Canyon Preservation Fund is an advised fund with the Arizona Community Foundation.

It’s no secret that the grand opening of the new Camp Verde Community Library Saturday, Nov. 5 will be one of the town’s biggest events in recent memory.Camp Verde Community Library Youth Services Clerk Wendy Cook Roberts, left, and Youth Services Children’s Librarian Nadia Torabi work together to bring all the inventory from the old library building into the new one. The Camp Verde Community Library is set to open on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The new library is the first building the Town of Camp Verde has built since its incorporation in 1985. According to CVCL Director Kathy Hellman, its planning, completion and opening mark a watershed moment when the town and its residents came together toward a common goal — to place the library at the center of the community, encouraging access for all of Camp Verde and the surrounding area.

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