Malnutrition and hunger are global problems that may seem overwhelming, but every effort makes a difference to someone.

This year, it’s easier than ever to make a difference. Kids Against Hunger, a community meal-packing event, takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, at Verde Valley Fairgrounds, with packing sessions from 8 to 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund has made its mission for the past three years to work behind the scenes while raising money to help maintain the area’s trails, which are used by thousands of visitors and residents each year.

“It takes a village to sustain the trail system,” SRRTF President Jennifer Burns said. “No one organization or government entity is able to adequately support the extensive and heavily-used trail system that we have. If everyone takes a piece of the responsibility, then together we can ensure that our trails continue to provide all the benefits everyone wants.”

One man is dead after a shooting Friday, Oct. 14, in Rimrock.

The alleged shooter, a 17-year-old boy from Cottonwood, has been booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on charges including murder, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Jarrod Rogers.

Two individuals have been arrested in connection to a homicide that occurred in Camp Verde, on Oct. 10.

The suspects, 27-year-old Levi Jones, of the Phoenix area, and 28-year-old Jill Buckley, of Camp Verde, are in custody.

At 2:20 a.m., Oct. 10, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office received a phone call about a physical altercation at the Circle K located at 24 Finnie Flat Road. According to CVMO, “a short time later” they received a second phone call of a shooting.

What began as a hopeful idea a year ago is one step closer to reality. On Friday, Oct. 7, visitors to Yavapai College Sedona Center and Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus got their first peek at renderings of the planned renovation to the Sedona Center.

“One of the biggest components is bringing the culinary program in,” SPS+ Architects’ Katherine Pratt said, adding that she took charge of the design for the renovation with the intent to account for two needs: Those of the culinary program Yavapai College plans to house in the Sedona Center and those of a general education and community education space.

Clarkdale is set to host the second annual Northern Arizona Blues Alliance International Blues Competition Saturday, Oct. 8.

From 1 to 5 p.m. in Clarkdale Town Park, a variety of local and statewide bands will compete in two categories, Band/Group and Solo/Duo, to represent Northern Arizona in the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 4.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board at its annual retreat Monday, Sept. 12, voted 3-2 to suspend the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee.

As of Friday, Sept. 30, the VVBAC — which has been tasked for the past two years with gathering data on the post-secondary needs of the Verde Valley region and reporting it to the Governing Board — will cease its efforts.

“We’re not giving up on feedback from the Verde Valley,” board Chairwoman Patricia McCarver said during the board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Yavapai College Verde Valley Campus.
McCarver added that though the VVBAC will soon be disbanded, the college will be seeking different feedback from the Verde Valley region during the next year, focusing on access for under-served populations — “particularly those who live in poverty.”

Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs President Dick Dahl was ready to announce the 2016 Educational Forum a success by 4 p.m, Saturday, Sept. 10.

“It’s been really awesome,” Dahl said, apologizing for summing up the event in such a manner but standing by the sentiment. He praised participants for staying out the course of the entire nine-hour day and the evening prior, engaging with approximately 90 of their peers in order to address the topic, “The Role of Post-Secondary Education in the Future of the Verde Valley Region.”

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