The benefits of active and community-engaged career and technology education programs are innumerable, according to Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education Superintendent Bob Weir.

In his position since July, Weir said that VACTE has already taken major steps forward in promoting itself to eighth-graders and high school students throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley. Recently, Weir directed a survey sent out to eighth graders in Camp Verde, Cottonwood and Sedona to determine what CTE programs they would most like to see offered through VACTE.

A rock slide blocked one lane of State Route 89A on Monday, Nov. 21, at milepost 375, just north of Sedona city limits, due west of Therapy on the Rocks.

According to Sedona Police Department Lt. James Pott, the rock slide was reported by witnesses around 10:30 a.m. and Sedona police were on the scene in about two minutes.

Pott said the rock fall is likely due to the heavy rain that fell Sunday, Nov. 20 and Monday.

It’s the time of year to fill stomachs and give thanks, and once again, Coffee Pot Restaurant is doing both.

The restaurant, near the corner of State Route 89A and Coffee Pot Road in West Sedona, has made a tradition of giving back to the community by doing what they do best — cook.

A full spread of traditional Thanksgiving items is provided free to anyone who shows up two days before Thanksgiving, Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. No need has to be shown and people can come alone or bring the whole family.

Drivers passing by the McGuireville rest area off Interstate 17 on the morning of Nov. 8 were subject to a rare sight: A motor vehicle accident training drill involving five dozen personnel from nine different public safety departments.

An interagency memo on Nov. 7 documented the plan set to begin after 8 a.m.

“The training will consist of a motor vehicle accident involving a 12-passenger van being involved in a rear-end type collision with a passenger vehicle.

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.

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