The investigation continues into a phone scam in which business owners throughout Arizona were duped out of thousands of dollars after being told their power was going to be shut off.

The scam also found its way to Sedona.

Last month, Steve Segner, the president of the Sedona Lodging Council and owner of El Portal, reported that he and others fell victim to an elaborate phone scam in which he lost nearly $3,000.

Camp Verde hosted a gathering of more than 50 community members Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the Wingfield Plaza community room to discuss the goals of last month’s Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs, “The Role of Post-Secondary Education in the Future of the Verde Valley Region.”

“To me, that was one of the most positive things I’ve ever been to,” Camp Verde Economic Development Director Steve Ayers said of the Sept. 10 forum, at Cliff Castle Casino. He praised the Camp Verde community for stepping up then and now, embracing its pivotal role in moving for increased access to post-secondary educational resources in the Verde Valley.

Since 2013, the Yavapai College Interdisciplinary Symposium has offered area residents the opportunity to see the college’s faculty in action, focusing on areas of academic expertise and passion.

Not only does this year’s symposium, Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 2 through 4, offer a wide spectrum of programming in the Verde Valley, it is the first time professionals from outside the college have been included. According to symposium coordinator Amy Ilona Stein — a history and humanities professor, faculty director of accreditation and Verde Campus art gallery director — the topic inspired reaching out to new speakers.

The all clear was given this morning shortly after a strong smell from a burnt out roof motor on top of Sedona Red Rock High School caused the main office and one other building to evacuate on Friday, Oct. 28.

The evacuation was made as a precaution and no fire was located, according to the school. Classes and normal activity has resumed.

By Zachary Mack

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Winner

“Don’t forget, a minimum of one hour volunteering at Shady Hill Retirement Community before the end of the month, ladies!”

I was overwhelmed with these requirements. Volunteering was necessary to boost my chances for university. I signed up for five o’clock, the 30th of October. I set a reminder on my phone before heading home to catch up on my AP science.

By Patricia Watson

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Second Place Winner

It was a dark and stormy Halloween night .... Well not really. This is Arizona; it was actually a balmy late afternoon, but it was Halloween, and I was on my way to Paul’s house for a Halloween party.

By Gordon J. Twa

Third Annual Spooky Fiction Contest Third Place

When I was 14, we lived in a very small town in central British Columbia, Canada.

There was no sewer system in the town so everyone had outhouses. These were usually situated on the alley behind the house. Of course, these were favorite targets for us young hoodlums. Those, and wood piles.

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