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Commentary: Public vote on school district consolidation takes another forward step

Upper Verde Valley voters are now one step closer to deciding school district consolidation.

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Commentary: Volunteers, not money, the greatest need for Old Town Assn.

The similarities between the plight of Cottonwood’s Old Town Association in many ways mirrors the problems experienced in recent years by Camp Verde Promotions.

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Commentary: Price paid for freedom can never be repaid

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Commentary: Newsroom shooting another example of violent regression in American culture

Thursday marked a devastating day for American journalism.

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Letter: VOC needs alternate route to West Sedona

After reading that Yavapai County is studying building a new roadway connecting Cornville Road to State Route 260, I was intrigued. One reason cited was it could reduce emergency response times and relieve congestion. I haven’t seen any congestion on Cornville Road except when it’s closed for the occasional cattle crossings.

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My Turn: Keeping on right clean-energy course for Arizona

The fight over a so-called clean-energy ballot measure from California billionaire Tom Steyer has been in the news a lot lately.

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Commentary: Host of issues provide long-term benefits to Cornville, Verde Valley

Two announcements last week, along with renewal of a trails coalition, have big implications for the Cornville community.

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Commentary: Investing in Arizona’s water future

Last week, state lawmakers had a chance to hear firsthand the concerns Verde Valley residents have about our water future. Arizona House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources held a water forum in Camp Verde, as part of a statewide listening tour to learn more about the solutions local communities support.

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Commentary: Clarkdale-Jerome most interesting piece in consolidation puzzle

If the vote on consolidation is close, the voice of Clarkdale-Jerome voters may speak loudest of all.

Commentary: Legal challenge to consolidation all part of checks and balances

The clock is ticking toward the Upper Verde’s first school district consolidation election in 10 years, and our fourth such election since 1959.

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Commentary: Hot dogs are not cool

What happens to a pet’s body inside a hot vehicle

Summer is just around the corner but here in Arizona the weather does not pay close attention to the calendar.

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Commentary: Consolidation moves one step closer to voter decision

It’s looking more certain with each passing day that Upper Verde voters once again will weigh in on the school district consolidation question.

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What does it mean when there’s coliform in your water?

The City of Cottonwood has been under heavy fire following news by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that a former city employee was indicted for allegedly forging drinking water test results.

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Guest Column: Remembering unlikely heroes this Memorial Day weekend

This Memorial Day weekend, as we remember the soldiers who have served our country, take a moment to also remember our four-legged heroes whose acts of heroism should not be forgotten.

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Editorial: Take a ‘moment’ to remember war dead

Try to fathom the number of men and women who have died fighting our nation’s enemies over the centuries. It’s overwhelming. It’s stunning. It’s certainly worth a moment of our time.

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Commentary: Mingus agenda policy fails transparency test

A challenge last month to the Mingus Union School District’s compliance with the Arizona Open Meeting Law resulted in a comedy of errors by the MUHS administration and legal counsel.

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Commentary: Passage of SB1254 brings consolidation question one step closer to local voters

Credit Andy Groseta with one of the biggest political coups in Verde Valley history. Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1254 into law.

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My Turn: What does it take to run Yavapai College?

I am disappointed with the outcomes from the May 8 Yavapai Community College District Governing Board meeting.  

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Commentary: To the only other person at the meeting

At municipal level, micro actions do lead to macro change

Complaining about our elected representatives may be a great American past time, but showing up takes work.

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Commentary: Vote ‘Yes’ to extend existing Yavapai County jail district sales tax

Ballots will be counted at the end of the day on May 15, 2018. This is a very important election that will affect the well-being of Yavapai County for years to come. I urge you to vote yes.

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Chain Reaction a smooth ride to a more healthy future for Verde Valley

I love riding my bike. I learned to ride as a child as most of us do and then didn’t ride for many years as I grew into a young adult, married, had children and just got too busy.

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Commentary: State’s dark cloud keeps local lighthouses from shining

I am cursed that I have a formal post-secondary degree in Economics, which makes the blessing of working in government, at times, a difficult paradox.

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My Turn: No alternative but to keep on fighting

After spending a few days at the State Capitol and a few days here in town marching for the future of Arizona education, I feel like I should weigh in.

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My Turn: Dismal state of education funding has left teachers with no other options

We have a teacher shortage in Arizona, too. We are more than 8,000 teachers short, statewide, to start the school year next year.

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My turn: Arizona teachers, students need you as an ally this week

This is a huge week for supporters of public education. As many of you know, our school districts are underfunded from the state level. Our community has taken on the slack passing override and bonds, but it’s time we demand the state fund public education and rural public education.