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Prescott Valley Council Meetings to Change for Oct./Nov./Dec. Due to Construction

The Prescott Valley Town Council for the months of October, November, and December 2023, will combine their Study and Regular meetings to one day, once per month, due to Library construction. Town Council meetings will take place in the Magistrate Court on the first floor of the Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E Skoog Boulevard. Below is the schedule for the three combined Town Council meetings:


  • October 12, 2023
    • 4:00PM – Study Session
    • 5:30PM – Regular Session
  • November 9, 2023
    • 4:00PM – Study Session
    • 5:30PM – Regular Session
  • December 14, 2023
    • 4:00PM – Study Session
    • 5:30PM – Regular Session
  • Prescott Valley Board and Commission meetings will also take place in a temporary location during their regularly scheduled meeting times.


  • Parks, Arts, & Recreation Commission (PARC)
    • Location: Parks & Rec Atrium – 7351 E Skoog Blvd
    • Dates: October 10, November 14
    • Time: 5:30PM
  • Library Board of Trustees
    • Location: PC Lab, 2nd Floor of Library – 7401 E Skoog Blvd
    • Dates: October 3, November 7
    • Time: 5:30PM
  • Planning & Zoning Commission
    • Location: Magistrate Court in Civic Center – 7501 E Skoog Blvd
    • Dates: October 9, November 3, December 11
    • Time: 5:30PM
  • Board of Adjustment
    • Location: Magistrate Court in Civic Center – 7501 E Skoog Blvd
    • Dates: October 23, November 27, December 18
    • Time: 5:30PM
  • The agendas for all meetings will be posted in advance on the Town’s website: Please note, seating will reasonably accommodate the number of observers anticipated for the meetings. To participate in public comment at the Regular Sessions, sign up online at or in person with Town staff at the meeting before it starts.



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Yavapai College Tuition & Fees Set for 2024-25


Clarkdale, Arizona (November 29, 2023) – Tuition and fees at Yavapai College have been set for the 2024-25 academic year.

The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) unanimously approved changes to the College’s tuition and fees at its monthly board meeting on Tuesday.

Yavapai College remains one of Arizona's most affordable options for higher education.

YC’s tuition and fees are:

  • 81% below the Arizona public university average for full-time students
  • 38% below the national community college average for full-time students
  • 23% below the national community college average for part-time students
  • 8% below the Arizona community college average for full-time students
  • Students can save an estimated $18,000 by attending Yavapai College for their first and second years rather than attending a four-year Arizona university.

YC also offers numerous discounts to its students, including a full-time student discount, dual credit discount, and senior citizen discount. In addition, YC’s Promise program for high school graduates and Workforce Promise for career and technical education allows students to get their degrees for free.

Yavapai College endeavors to be transparent with its pricing while keeping prices affordable so that education is accessible. Unlike universities, very few additional fees exist at Yavapai College.

The approved changes in tuition and fees include:

  • In-State tuition
    • Tier 1 (base): +$5 ($108 per credit)
    • Tier 2 (lab): +$6 ($125 per credit)
    • Tier 3 (CTE + Allied Health): +$7 ($139 per credit)
    • Market-Based Programs
      • LPN Nursing $193 (new program for 2024)
      • Nursing +25 ($193 per student)
      • Radiologic Technology +$9 ($186 per credit)
      • Gunsmithing +7 (148 per credit)
    • Upper Division Business Baccalaureate Degree +$7 ($162 per credit)
    • Upper Division Nursing RN-BSN Degree +$38 ($290 per credit)
  • Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition
    • Tier 1 (base): +$7 ($165 per credit)
    • Tier 2 (lab): +$9 ($188 per credit)
    • Tier 3 (CTE): +$12 ($209 per credit)
  • General fees
    • No increases
  • Course Fees
    • Aviation Courses +3.9%
    • Fire Science FSC105 +5%
    • Commercial Driving CDT200/CDT250 +5%
    • Geology GEO103/GEO212 +5%
    • Individual Music Lessons +5%
  • Auxiliaries
    • Residence Halls – no change
    • Meal Plan +10%
    • Family Enrichment Center +5%
  • Enrollment for the spring semester is now open, and classes are filling fast. For more information about Yavapai College, registering for classes, or discounts and scholarship resources, visit or call (928) 717-7777.

Yavapai College operates six campuses and centers throughout Yavapai County and offers over 100 degrees and certificates, two baccalaureate degrees, student and community services, and cultural events and activities.

To learn more about YC, visit

For more information on the Yavapai College District Governing Board, visit



Vending Machines Raising $22 Million for Charities 

to Open Next to Courthouse Plaza in Prescott this Holiday Season

Light the World Giving Machines allow you to purchase items like clothing, 

baby supplies, medicine, and even a fruit tree or a goat for those in need.


Prescott, Arizona, Dec. 2, 2023 — The Light the World Giving Machine, the popular

“vending machine” that works in reverse, creating a memorable way to give to those in need during the Christmas season, will open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Prescott. The machines will be operational 24 hours a day near the Courthouse Plaza at 119 W. Goodwin Street (Chamber of Commerce), where they will remain through Thursday, Dec. 14.

Launched in 2017, Giving Machines are provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and provide a unique opportunity for the community to give to local and global charities. Giving Machine items range in price from $5 to $300 and include staples such as clothing, personal hygiene, meals, school supplies, life-saving medicine, and even livestock. The Church covers all operational costs so that 100% of donations received at 61 locations worldwide go directly to the charity of choice.

“During these increasingly difficult times in our communities and the world, the Giving Machines offer us each a unique way to bless others while experiencing joy ourselves,” said Prescott resident Brett Mangum, a volunteer leader for the Light The World Giving Machines. “This is an experience that can be a family affair for a holiday memory or a deeply personal experience.”

This year, the Prescott Giving Machines will feature items from these local, state, and global nonprofit organizations: 


  • Prescott Area Shelter Services: PASS serves Prescott area women, families, and veterans by providing temporary housing, resources, individualized case management, and a pathway to permanent housing.
  • The Launch Pad: Promoting confidence and empowerment, The Launch Pad is an all-inclusive, youth driven and focused space, providing programming that is culturally relevant to teens in Yavapai County.
  • Life Connections: A local, non-medical pregnancy care center committed to providing accurate information and quality services to all women in any pregnancy situation. (The center does not offer, recommend, or refer for abortions or abortifacients.)
  • Catholic Charities Community Services: For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been committed to helping Arizona’s most vulnerable with solutions that permanently improve lives.
  • The Welcome to America Project: Arizona-based WTAP welcomes recently arrived refugees, creating meaningful interactions and providing resources that empower our new neighbors to reach self-sufficiency and positively impact the community.
  • Mentors International: Lifting generations from poverty to self-reliance and prosperity through mentoring, business and vocational training, and microfinance.
  • WaterAid: Transforming lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.
  • “Catholic Charities is blessed to be part of such a unique charitable giving experience,” said Jean Christofferson, director of marketing & communications for Catholic Charities Community Services of Arizona. “We are looking forward to helping families enjoy the experience of helping the most vulnerable in our community.”

Courtney Osterfelt, the Executive Director of The Launch Pad Teen Center, said, “A community is made not by one leader or one governing body, but by a group of individuals coming together to create opportunities for all people to thrive, feel joy, and be cared for. Light the World is a perfect example of what it looks like to bring people together in the name of service, gratitude, and giving. The Launch Pad Teen Center is honored to be chosen as a recipient of The Giving Machine and even more honored to be a part of the collective effort to celebrate community and service in Prescott.”

Julie Plueger from Prescott Area Shelter Services said, “Prescott Area Shelter Services is grateful to be selected as one of the local charities to participate in [Prescott’s] inaugural year of the Light the World Giving Machine . . . Let’s Light the World this Christmas.”


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