Less than half an hour into the Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Yavapai College’s Sedona Center, board member Al Filardo exited the building — but not before laying out a long list of criticisms.

“I’d like to share with you an analysis of what I have learned during my tenure,” Filardo began. “While I’ve had a feeling this day would come, I had hoped to complete my term. That is no longer possible. To put it simply, I am resigning effective Dec. 1 because the actions taken by the majority of the YCDGB don’t align with either my guiding principles or my sense of what is right.”

Yavapai College District Governing Board member Al Filardo has announced his resignation, effective Thursday, Dec. 1, ending his tenure on the board two years before the expiration of his term.

Filardo announced his resignation at the YCDGB meeting Oct. 11, referencing the board’s 3-2 vote in favor of suspending the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee as the reason for his departure. Filardo was a charter member of the committee, having been instrumental in its creation.

According to Filardo, the VVBAC had represented the post-secondary education concerns of the Verde Valley region ably for a year and a half, only to be effectively disbanded without a discussion of whether or not the committee had fulfilled its mission.

Do an Internet search under “creepy clowns” and you may be surprised with what you find.

There is everything from numerous articles of reported sightings and incidents involving creepy clowns from across the country. There are also articles about how Target has pulled its creepy clown Halloween masks from its shelves. And there’s a story about the Clown Lives Matter march in Tucson being canceled last weekend after the organizer received numerous deaths threats over the event.

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.

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