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VVCC senior hasn’t given up on bucket list

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

logo_verdevalleycaregiversCottonwood AZ (March 19, 2015) – In her quaint home in Cottonwood, Sylvia is surrounded with memories. From the collection of family photos, home movies and paintings of Native American art, there is no doubt she has lived an eventful life. However, this adventurous life was recently put on hold when her daughter became ill. Taking care of her daughter had begun to take its toll on Sylvia, and she wasn’t sure what help was available.

Luckily, Sylvia contacted Verde Valley Caregivers seeking assistance with shopping and transportation. “I was delighted that the people on the other end of the phone were so nice,” she says. “It was good to know there was someone out there who cared. Suddenly, doors were open to me that weren’t open before.” Read More→

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Letter to the Editor: Who said no one ever died from Marijuana?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

logo_marijuanaharmlessBy Sally Schindel
(March 18, 2015) 

You always seem to hear people say that marijuana is a safe drug because no one has ever died from using it. I’m here to tell you that is simply not true. My 31 year old son Andy died by suicide one year ago this month in Peoria, leaving a note that ended with these words: “My soul is already dead. Marijuana Killed my soul + ruined my brain.” Read More→

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logo_bearizona2Spring is right around the corner and it’s the beginning of baby season at Bearizona Wildlife Park. All different species of North American wildlife start to have their young between March and July, making it the perfect time to visit

Williams AZ (March 14, 2015) – Bearizona Wildlife Park is excited to announce the arrival of three un”bear”ably cute North American bear cubs, which were born in early January at the Williams, Arizona Wildlife Park. The bear cubs will be view-able in a special care area of the park until May, when they will then be big enough to go out into their own enclosure within the walk through portion of the park. Read More→

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Multi-vehicle Accident on Interstate 17

Friday, March 13th, 2015

logo_verdevalleyfiredistrictVerde Valley AZ (March 13, 2015) – On Thursday afternoon at about 15:55 hours, the Montezuma Rimrock, Sedona, and Verde Valley Fire Districts were dispatched to a report of a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 17 just south of the Sedona/Highway 179 Interchange.  The incident involved a tractor/trailer rig that ended up perched on a berm in the median. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation was conducting roadway improvements and had a lane restriction in place at the time of the incident.   Fortunately, despite the heavy damage sustained by two of the four personal vehicles involved, plus the big rig, none of the 15 occupants were seriously injured, and none were transported by ambulance for treatment.  Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (March 13, 2015) – The topic of the March 26th MATFORCE Lunch ‘n Learn will be an overview of substance abuse educational services being offered to Yavapai County schools.  Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent, and Kelly Lee, MATFORCE Education Coordinator, will lead the presentation. Read More→

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logo_historicpreservationconferenceVerde Valley AZ (March 12, 2015) – Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference will take place May 13-15, 2015 on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, emphasizing the theme “Paths to Preservation.”

The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, Arizona State Parks, and the City of Flagstaff invite you to join them at the 13th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. The goal of the conference is to bring together preservationists from around the Southwest to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities. This conference provides valuable training and development opportunities for members of the historic preservation community in fields such as city planning, architecture, archaeology, education, consulting, design, construction, contracting, land development, and many others. Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (March 12, 2015) – MATFORCE invites parents, interested community members and area professionals to a unique training titled ‘Community of Hope’ on March 27 in Prescott Valley.  The training will provide an overview of local treatment options that are available for those suffering from drug or alcohol abuse disorders.  Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (March 3, 2015) – MATFORCE invites parents, interested community members and area professionals to a unique training titled ‘Community of Hope’ on March 27 in Prescott Valley.  The training will provide an overview of local treatment options that are available for those suffering from drug or alcohol abuse disorders.  Read More→

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Special Memorial Service to Honor Kayla Mueller

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Prescott AZ (February 27, 2015) - The family of Kayla Mueller would like to announce a very special memorial service to honor their daughter Kayla which will be held at the Yavapai College Performance Hall in 20150227_KaylaPrescott on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 10AM.

The Mueller family appreciates the outpouring of support from the community they have received over the last several weeks. The candlelight service at the Courthouse Square began part of the healing process for the  family and they are very grateful for the effort from the local churches, schools and community groups who organized that event.  The family would now like to offer their own personal reflections of Kayla’s life in this final service and invite the public, Kayla’s friends, co-workers, and anyone who was touched by her life to attend. The Mueller’s would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and encouraging words throughout this time of healing.

Doors will open at 9AM for seating.

Directions to the College may be found here:

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Phoenix conference on UFOs reveals new insights

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

By Steve Hammons
Joint Recon Study Group

Phoenix AZ (February 26, 2015) – The audience at the 24th annual International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival last week near Scottsdale, Arizona, heard some fascinating presentations that were at times both hopeful and frightening.

From ancient accounts in Native American lore to ongoing scientific developments, speakers explored many aspects of research about UFOs. Read More→

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Prescott AZ (February 14, 2015) – Several local churches and community organizations are joining together to present Remembering Kayla: A Community Candlelight Memorial, taking place at Prescott’s 20150214_kaylapressreleaseCourthouse Square on Wednesday, February 18 at 630 PM. The free event is open to the public and will honor Kayla Mueller and her family through a reflection on her life, words of hope, times of prayer, and special music. Anyone coming is asked to bring their own candle.

Attendees will have the opportunity to write notes of encouragement to Kayla’s family members and also contribute a canned food item to benefit the Community Cupboard in honor of Kayla’s passion for serving the needy. Financial donations can also be made to Kayla’s Hands Foundation at

Kayla Mueller, 26, was a humanitarian aid worker who had been taken hostage by ISIS militants over a year ago in Syria. The Mueller family and the White House confirmed Tuesday that she had died. President Obama said Mueller “represents what is best about America, and expressed her deep pride in the freedoms that we Americans enjoy, and that so many others strive for around the world.”

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logo_MATForceCottonwood AZ (February 9, 2015) – From heroin, to prescription drugs and marijuana: the February 26th MATFORCE Lunch ‘n Learn will provide an overview on drug trends in Yavapai County. 

Representatives from law enforcement will share information on what they are seeing in terms of existing drug use and new, emerging trends.  They will also explain the signs and symptoms of drug use, which can sometimes be difficult to recognize.  Parents, grandparents, caregivers, educators and professionals will gain useful tools and insights from this interactive presentation. Read More→

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logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (February 3, 2015) – MATFORCE and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office announce the annual MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest. There are many cash prizes and ways to win. 

Yavapai County youth, from age 5 to 18, are invited to enter the contest by creating an original poster that depicts an anti-drug message. Winning posters will be used in official MATFORCE materials, such as printed posters, school prevention workbooks, websites, and local or state media releases. Read More→

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Understanding Parkinson Disease

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Cottonwood AZ (February 1, 2015) – The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center of Cottonwood in collaboration with American Parkinson Disease Association presents “Understanding Parkinson Disease” on February 25.

Judy Talley, MA, Gerontology Program Coordinator for the American Parkinson Disease Association Arizona Chapter will be providing valuable information on Parkinson Disease.

  • February 25, 2015
  • 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center
  • 636 N. Main Street, Cottonwood
  • RSVP: (928) 649-0788
  • This is a FREE Event Refreshments Provided
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Carl Jackson Reports on Winter Storm Juno

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Westport CT (January 27, 2015) – Carl Jackson, former publisher of, gives an update of winter Storm Juno from Westport, Connecticut: 18″ of snow and it’s still falling.

MATFORCE Announces Annual Video Contest

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

logo_MATForceVerde Valley AZ (January 23, 2015) – MATFORCE announces its annual “My Voice Makes a Difference” video contest.   Area youth ages 11 to 18 and college students are invited to let their voices be heard by creating an original short video that makes a positive statement about reducing drug and alcohol abuse.  Winning videos will be used by MATFORCE at community events and as Public Service Announcements on TV and radio. Read More→

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logo_internationalcityofpeaceSedona AZ (January 21, 2015) – The Sedona International City of Peace is sponsoring a special evening event at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, January 27th at the Sedona Public Library, entitled “Child Sex Trafficking in Our Community: An Evening of Awareness and Prevention.”

“Learning about child sex trafficking is shocking, and as a City of Peace, we feel an obligation to share what we recently have learned with you,” says Lori Rubenstein. Rubenstein is one of the founding members of the Sedona International City of Peace and an Ambassador for Shared Hope International whose mission is to eradicate sex trafficking worldwide. “You might think that child sex trafficking happens primarily overseas, or maybe in metropolitan areas, but not here, not in Sedona! The truth is, it happens everywhere, and children in our community are being used for sex.” Read More→

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logo_MATForceCamp Verde AZ (January 21, 2015) – Youth from throughout Yavapai County spoke out against underage drinking by entering the annual MATFORCE Pizza Box Topper Contest.  The theme for the contest was ‘Say No to Underage Drinking.’  Winning artwork will be displayed on pizza box tops during the Super Bowl weekend (January 30th-February 1st).  Participating pizza vendors, who will be displaying the artwork, are from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Sedona. Read More→

LWV Greater Verde Valley Celebrates 95 years

Monday, January 19th, 2015

logo_leagueofwomenvotersBy Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer

Verde Valley AZ (January 19, 2015) - On February 7, 2015, the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley is celebrating the idea of a nonpartisan civic organization to provide the education and the experience the public needs to assure the success of democracy – The League of Women Voters! With passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 that gave women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was formed with the thought that women needed enlightenment and encouragement to vote. Read More→

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Sedona AZ (January 18, 2015) – Kenya elephants and Masaai culture were passions of Lynne Leakey, a long-time Sedona resident and a leading  Africa tour guide for 40+ years, before she passed away suddenly while on safari last summer.

She had been planning a July, 2015 safari especially designed for Sedona residents.  You can experience vicariously what Lynne had in mind at a tribute to her life and work, put together by some of her closest  Sedona friends, on Friday, January 23 at the Yavapai College Sedona campus, room 34 (on Cultural Park Rd, across Rte 89A from Red Rock High School).   The program will begin  at 11:30 a.m., with doors opening at 11:00. Read More→

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