Since 2013, the Yavapai College Interdisciplinary Symposium has offered area residents the opportunity to see the college’s faculty in action, focusing on areas of academic expertise and passion.

Not only does this year’s symposium, Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 2 through 4, offer a wide spectrum of programming in the Verde Valley, it is the first time professionals from outside the college have been included. According to symposium coordinator Amy Ilona Stein — a history and humanities professor, faculty director of accreditation and Verde Campus art gallery director — the topic inspired reaching out to new speakers.

The all clear was given this morning shortly after a strong smell from a burnt out roof motor on top of Sedona Red Rock High School caused the main office and one other building to evacuate on Friday, Oct. 28.

The evacuation was made as a precaution and no fire was located, according to the school. Classes and normal activity has resumed.

By Zachary Mack

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Winner

“Don’t forget, a minimum of one hour volunteering at Shady Hill Retirement Community before the end of the month, ladies!”

I was overwhelmed with these requirements. Volunteering was necessary to boost my chances for university. I signed up for five o’clock, the 30th of October. I set a reminder on my phone before heading home to catch up on my AP science.

By Patricia Watson

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Second Place Winner

It was a dark and stormy Halloween night .... Well not really. This is Arizona; it was actually a balmy late afternoon, but it was Halloween, and I was on my way to Paul’s house for a Halloween party.

By Gordon J. Twa

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Third Place

When I was 14, we lived in a very small town in central British Columbia, Canada.

There was no sewer system in the town so everyone had outhouses. These were usually situated on the alley behind the house. Of course, these were favorite targets for us young hoodlums. Those, and wood piles.

The Coconino Community College system is in need of a helping hand. It’s now up to the voters as to whether or not they will be the ones to provide it.

The college is seeking voter approval on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to enact a property tax override for a period of seven years beginning in 2019. If approved, an additional property tax of $3 million per year for seven years will be levied to support the college.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, CCC President Colleen Smith appeared before the Sedona City Council to explain why the college is in need of this tax override. The college now has the highest tuition of any community college in the state. However, CCC’s district has the lowest tax rate in the state and thus, less money is generated.

Sedona Literacy is in its 29th year of existence, and this could be its biggest year yet — that is, if the program gets the volunteers it needs.

“I want people to come see us in action,” Sedona Literacy Director Carolyn Fisher said. “It’s a great program, and it’s all one-on-one.”

Focusing on second- and third-graders at West Sedona School and Big Park Community School, Sedona Literacy trains tutors to intervene in the literacy education of children so that they can move from “learning to read to reading to learn,” according to Fisher. Volunteers need not come from an education background; instead, they must have only a passion for helping children.

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