Though only recently hired as the associate dean of Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus, Kelly Trainor told a crowd of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members Feb. 24 at Yavapai College Sedona Center that he has worn a number of hats within the college’s hierarchy — moving from teaching to administration, career and technology education to general academia.

For the fourth consecutive year, Euro Deli in Sedona has been awarded a Golden Plate by Yavapai County Community Health Services.

The award honors a strong commitment to food safety.

A crime initially reported as a kidnapping in Cottonwood took a few odd twists before its resolution.

At approximately 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received three calls about the apparent armed kidnapping of Virginia Ann “Samantha” Reyes and her 14-year-old son from the 2650 block of Village Drive.

In the early morning hours of  Jan. 27, prior to Bank of America opening for business, an individual or individuals entered the bank through the rear door of the building. The suspect or suspects removed approximately $350,000 from the bank. It appears that the suspect may have had knowledge of banking procedures to include security procedures.

The Verde Valley is no closer to having its own separate administrative college under the Yavapai College banner, but the possibility remains a hot topic in the community college advocate community.

On Feb. 3, the Yavapai College Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee tabled a motion proposed by its Chairman Paul Chevalier to “retain an independent consultant to study the structure, benefits and costs of a separate administrative college.”

Yavapai College President Penny Wills cemented her commitment to a culinary program in the Verde Valley while speaking to the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee Wednesday, Feb. 3.

“Let me assure you, we were already working on a culinary program before this committee was formed,” Wills said, adding that the decision to center such a program in the Verde Valley was obvious due to the area’s beauty and tourism industry.

A proposal to expand the Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District received support from Village of Oak Creek leaders, but was shot down a week later by the district’s board.

The idea was taken to both the RRREMD and the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council by Dave Norton, president of the former and vice president of the latter.

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