Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens, 27, who stands accused of carving her first name and the name of her boyfriend, actor Austin Butler, 24, into a Sedona rock over Valentine’s Day weekend, can pay a fine and restitution or appear in court, according to multiple news outlets.

Sometimes, it can seem like we hear nothing but doom and gloom about the state of primary education in Arizona — but as a new study reveals, the truth is that efforts on behalf of the state’s children are quite effective.

Peter Gaver has pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and attempted hindering prosecution in connection with his family’s fatal brawl with police last March in the Cottonwood Wal-Mart parking lot.

Yavapai Superior Court Judge Joseph Butner III on March 16 approved a plea agreement calling for three years of supervised probation, 200 hours of community restitution and more than $880 in fines and fees.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board has rejected a proposal to hire a third-party consultant to study the college’s current administrative structure in the Verde Valley and Sedona.

During the board’s regular monthly meeting on March 1, board member Al Filardo motioned to hire the consultant, who would explore the viability of a separate Verde Valley administration.

The city of Sedona and Yavapai County are teaming up to improve a pair of highly-used roads in the area.

The joint project will include resurfacing Boynton Pass and Dry Creek roads. The county approved the project on Wednesday, March 16, while the city is expected to do likewise on Tuesday, March 22.

According to James Perey, executive dean of Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, it is easy to take water resources for granted, but to do so is to imperil ourselves and future generations.

“The sooner we can instill a sense of importance about the issue, the better off we’ll be,” Perey said to a roundtable of educators, administrators, lawmakers and others at the college’s Clarkdale campus.

Following in the footsteps of Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek now holds a distinction that few communities in the world boast about.

Dark-Sky Committee Chairwoman Joanne Kendrick received notice late last month that the VOC — also known as Big Park — complied with all the requirements set by the International Dark-Sky Association — making it just the 14th community in the world to hold that distinction.

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