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The Yavapai College District Governing Board has unanimously approved its budget for fiscal year 2016-17.Yavapai College President Penny WIlls donated her raise to a financial assistance fund. The Yavapai College District Governing Board gave Wills the raise as it approved the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.

Prior to the first Verde Valley Wine Festival, May 7, nearly 600 people had registered for the event — setting a precedent for future showings in Clarkdale.Maynard James Keenan addresses a crowd at the first Verde Valley Wine Festival. Keenan was instrumental in getting the event, which featured nearly three dozen wine, beer, spirit and food vendors at Clarkdale Town Park, off the ground.

According to Cottonwood City Manager Doug Bartosh, a sales tax increase is not planned to cover expenditures in the 2017 budget.Cottonwood City Hall

“There is no sales tax increase being proposed or considered,” Bartosh stated via email on Thursday, May 12.

Too many jobs, not enough people.Megan Mejia, front desk agent at Sedona Rouge, helps Ashley Chancellor check into her room at the hotel. Mejia lives in Clarkdale and travels to Sedona every day to work, like many residents of the Verde Valley.

Not exactly a problem you hear from many cities these days. But for Sedona business owners and operators, it’s becoming a serious problem.

Among Arizona’s school districts, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is the standout star at training students for college and career success.Cottonwood Middle School eighth-graders Jasmine Shults, Aspen Benevento, Rachael Sealy and Delaney Johnson, front from left, stand with their teacher Cristin Combs, center, in front of a wall decorated with posters and pennants of colleges from across the country. On May 4, Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District received the Arizona College Access Network and Arizona Gear Up “Early College and Career Awareness” award.

On May 4, COCSD received the Arizona College Access Network and Arizona GEAR UP “Early College and Career Awareness” award along with four other districts.

When you think of the world’s great bicycling cities, you may not immediately think of Cottonwood — but that doesn’t mean it’s not making headway.Zack Garcia/Larson Newspapers

The law enforcement tactics used in a multi-agency warrant sweep last month have drawn the ire of a local businesswoman.File photo/Larson Newspapers

Dr. Wendy Tuccille runs a Cottonwood pediatric office. One of her employees was of the 15 suspects arrested on outstanding warrants. Her warrant, in the amount of $1,300, was issued in 2012 and was valid until 2017.

On the cusp of his departure as Mingus Union High School District superintendent, Paul Tighe has received some good news: For the third year in a row, Mingus Union High School has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of America’s Best High Schools.Ashly Lawler’s freshman English class quietly reads chapter 20 of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The class is working on Homeric similes and the “Heroes Journey” theme. For the third year in a row, Mingus Union High School has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of America’s Best High Schools, placing in the top 30 percent of schools nationwide.

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