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Local Students Given Opportunity to Study Abroad


Qualified high school students are offered a unique opportunity to spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program.


Students, 15 to 18 years old, qualify on the basis of academic performance, character references and a genuine desire to experience life abroad with a volunteer host family.


Families abroad are carefully screened to provide a caring environment in which students can learn the language and culture of their host country.  Students do not need to know the language of the host country prior to departure but will acquire the language skills through experiencing the day to day culture of their host country.  ASSE students attend regular high school classes along with their new teenage friends.


ASSE is dedicated to promoting closer ties of friendship between the United States and other countries by fostering intercultural understanding through youth exchange programs. 


ASSE also provides international opportunities for families to host students from Spain, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, and many more.  These carefully screened and selected students are 15 to 18 years old and will attend the local American high school for an academic year.


Students or families interested in learning more about becoming an ASSE exchange student or host family should contact us at 1-800-733-2773 or visit our website at asse.com, host.asse.com or email us asseusawest@asse.com.



            Ladders Area Along the Verde River Closed  

CAMP VERDE, AZ (November 29, 2017) – The Prescott National Forest is closing the Ladder’s bald eagle breeding area along the Verde River to the public on December 1, 2017.  The closure is expected to last through June 30, 2018 when the bald eagle nesting season ends and fledglings are independent.  Should nest failure occur and re-nesting not be attempted, the closure will be opened early.  The special closure is necessary to reduce human disturbances to the eagles during their nesting season in the Verde Valley.  The possible consequences of people disturbing nesting eagles include abandonment of eggs and loss of young.


The closure area is south of Camp Verde on the Prescott National Forest.  It is the two-mile section of the Verde River and adjacent National Forest lands in the vicinity of the "Verde Falls" downstream to below the confluence with Sycamore Canyon.  Road closures include all of Forest Road 9709R from the junction of Forest Road 574 (Salt Mine Road). Trail closures include Forest Trail 16 and a portion of Forest Trail 508 at the trail junction with the powerlines, north of the trailhead at Rodeo Flat Tank, to the junction with Forest Road 9709R.


River rafters may pass on the river in the closure area but are restricted from stopping, taking out watercraft, or delaying their passage through the area except as needed to scout rapids and for emergencies.  Signs are posted along the river to mark the closure boundaries.


Common uses of the area such as hunting, target shooting, fishing, and hiking are prohibited during the closure period.  Violation of the closure is punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 6 months or both.


Eagle watchers may be stationed at the closure area to protect nesting eagles and to monitor the eagles' activities for the Arizona Bald Eagle Nestwatch Program.  Protection of this breeding area occurs annually through the cooperation of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Prescott National Forest, and the public.


For more information, please call the Verde Ranger District at 928-567-4121


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Date:       November 27, 2017

Contact:  Martha Baden, 928.777.1519, martha.baden@prescott-az.gov

Re:          Arizona Humanities Lecture: Native Roads: A Pictorial Guide to the Hopi and Navajo Nations at Prescott Public Library

                Thursday, December 7 at 5 p.m.


Historian Jim Turner details the trading posts, prehistoric sites and geological wonders of the Four Corners region, using slides to present the history, folklore and legends of this unique domain from Flagstaff, Arizona to Farmington, New Mexico. Funding provided by the Friends of the Prescott Public Library. Additional funding provided by the Arizona Humanities Council.


Prescott Public Library brings you the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.  Check the library's online events calendar at www.prescottlibrary.info, or call 928.777.1526 for more information.


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