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.

Before opening for business Wednesday, Jan. 27, one or more individuals entered Cottonwood Bank of America through the rear door of the building and removed approximately $350,000 from the bank.

The event occurred less than two weeks after an armed robbery occurred at Chase Bank in Camp Verde.

A Cottonwood man was among those arrested by Oregon State Police Tuesday, Jan. 26, in relation to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge buildings.

Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, 45, of Cottonwood, was arrested Jan. 26 by Oregon State Police without incident at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday near Bend, Ore.

The Verde Valley will say hello to its first six-story hotel in December.

In the words of its organizers at Cliff Castle Casino, “It will offer luxury accommodations without the expensive Sedona price tag,” while allowing guests access to the natural and historical assets of the Verde Valley and red rock country.

As a result of a dramatic increase in the number of suicides from Midgley Bridge last year, the Sedona Fire District is hoping it’s just one of several voices to encourage the state to make some changes.

SFD Board Chairman Ty Montgomery drafted a letter to John Halikowski, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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