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Cottonwood-Oak Creek should proceed with caution on consolidation talks with Mingus Union

Perhaps as early as this week, the members of the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School Board will be asked to play nice with Mingus Union over development of a “reasoned, purposeful plan” for a merger of the two school districts.

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Editorial: With staggered terms now a reality, Jerome should consider direct election for mayor

Jerome has wrestled with the idea of having staggered terms for its town council members for years, and last week it became official that this is now the law of the land for the mountainside community.

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Editorial: Social media doesn’t ruin people’s lives, people do

The old saying about “guns don’t kill people, people do” has a lot in common with the use of social media today.

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Editorial: Local voters stood firm against politics of hate and deceit

The political process has never been known as a showcase for humanity’s best qualities.

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Editorial: Judge Mackey the clear winner in latest consolidation battle

While both sides of the school district consolidation debate found a way to spin Friday’s ruling as a victory in their favor, the real winner in this legal duel was Presiding Yavapai County Superior Court Judge David Mackey.

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Editor: Hats off to those who choose to serve on Verde Valley school boards

Especially here in the Verde Valley over the past year, it’s been tough – very tough – to be a school board member.

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Editorial: VACTE consolidation concerns more rhetoric than reality

The concern over the future of vocational education in the Verde Valley should consolidation take place is far more anchored in rhetoric than reality.

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Editorial: Starbucks’ success lies in finding solution to access woes at 260-89A

It’s beginning to look like the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce is finally going to be able to sell its property located at the busy SR 260 and SR 89A intersection and the community will get a Starbucks coffee shop in the process.

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Editorial: Goetting chooses difficult, but not impossible, path to the mayor’s office in Camp Verde

The pool of candidates for the Camp Verde mayoral race expanded by one this past week with the addition of Alex Goetting as a write-in candidate.