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MATFORCE Sponsors Community of Hope
Training March 27th

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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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Reflecting Back on Red Rose from the Beginning

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

logo_redroseinspirationBy Tina Allegrezza

Sedona AZ (January 17, 2015) – As we look forward to 2015, we are excited about the possibilities of a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year for Red Rose Inspiration For Animals, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 based here in Sedona. We are pleased to be making a difference for animals in variety of unique ways throughout the Verde Valley. As Founder of this organization, Red Rose has by far exceeded many of my expectations in this wonderful community that I proudly call home. We are now entering our 6th year and I would like to take this opportunity to reflect back on many of the accomplishments in animal rescue. Read More→

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logo_professionalwomensgroupBy Carla Trujillo, PWG President

Cottonwood AZ (January 8, 2015) – The local Chapter of Professional Women’s Group has their first quarterly luncheon of 2015 on January 20, 2015. Luncheon will be at the Cottonwood Recreation Center from 11:30am – 1:30pm and include a speaker presentation, networking opportunities, catered lunch, and raffle/door prizes. This month’s luncheon will be catered by Café Jerona based out of Cottonwood.  Pre-registration for this event is required and you can sign up at Read More→

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logo_crossingworldshopiprojectsSedona AZ (January 6, 2015) – Home for Hopi people is rich in meaning and function within the cultural cycle of the year. Hopis are known for their ancestral multi-story plastered stone homes on mesa tops in northeastern Arizona. Today, with growing population and changing building styles, many Hopi families face overcrowding, have substandard housing, indoor air quality challenges with the coal heaters, inadequate plumbing, and much higher than average housing disrepair. Read More→

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logo_MATForceCottonwood AZ (January 2, 2015) – The January 22nd MATFORCE Lunch ‘n Learn will feature one mom’s story of her son’s marijuana addiction, called “Helping Andy Help Others.”

Sally Schindel will tell the story of her 31 year-old son, Andy.  He died by suicide in 2014, leaving a note saying, “Marijuana killed my soul + ruined my brain.”  Sally will recount his struggle with marijuana addiction in order to raise awareness about the risks of broad legalization of the drug marijuana. Read More→

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Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona

Monday, December 29th, 2014

logo_MATForceSpecial Event January 13

Cottonwood AZ (December 29, 2014) – On January 13, MATFORCE will host the screening of a special investigative report on heroin that was produced by Arizona State University.  The event will feature a statewide TV-simulcast along with an interactive panel discussion on heroin problems occurring in Yavapai County.

Art Brooks, President and CEO of the Arizona Broadcasters Association (ABA), developed the TV broadcast idea after learning of the seriousness of the issue.   “The scourge of heroin and opioid addiction is killing hundreds of Arizonans, and the growing problem is reaching epidemic levels,” Brooks said. “Our industry leaders are bonding together on this public danger in order to save lives.” Read More→

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logo_catholiccharitiesBy Rebecca Sauer

Verde Valley AZ (December 23, 2014) – The holiday season is a festive time filled with music, decorations and family traditions. For those who have experienced a loss, the season can be a painful reminder that the loved one is no longer here. Each person deals with loss in their own way. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Here are a few ideas that might make it easier to get through the holidays. Read More→

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logo_verdevalleycaregiversCottonwood AZ (December 17, 2014) – Verde Valley Caregivers has collected more gifts for seniors this year than ever before. VVCC placed giving trees at Sedona, Cottonwood, Camp Verde Public Libraries, Oakcreek Country Club, and Wal-Mart. Visitors selected gift tags, purchased the items, and returned them to a box located near each tree.

“This has the best turn out ever with each neighbor receiving multiple gifts,” said VVCC Operations Manager Kim Meller. “Normally neighbors receive socks and slippers, but this year there has been a much wider range of gifts. Bigger and better items such as toasters and crockpots will also be delivered to older adults in need.” Read More→

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