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Commentary: Settling water rights key to Verde Valley’s future

When people and companies that drive economic development are considering investing in Arizona, they want “water certainty” – that is, proof of long-term water supplies that are both physically and legally available.

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Commentary: FOSTA a victory for victims, survivors of sex crimes

As a former law enforcement officer, I locked up sexual predators and sex traffickers who preyed on children and young men and women.

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Commentary: For Arizona’s teachers, it might be time to take a walk

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stepped up this week, or at least he likes to think he did. His proposal calls for 20 percent pay raises for teachers across the state, with the increases to be spread out over the next two years.

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Commentary: Mingus not trying to hold secret meeting, but district’s understanding of Open Meeting Law sadly lacking

“The sequence of events that followed the revelation about the website noticing oversight played like something straight out of the playbook of “the dog ate my homework’”

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Commentary: OK, we’ve heard all your comments; what we need is your commitment

Knowing about some of the work that is involved with successfully managing and facilitating the events for the Town of Camp Verde, I’m surprised that some events have not been cancelled sooner by the dedicated and over-worked volunteers that are responsible for Camp Verde Promotions.

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Commentary: Embrace transition, it’s all part of life’s journey

It undermines our attachment to familiarity. It loosens our moorings and sets us adrift onto an unknown sea. It threatens us with uncertainty that can blow us off course. It’s called transition, and it’s often stressful.

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Commentary: Suspension of Cornfest a reality check for Camp Verde

The current formula is not working. The same volunteers are stepping up and carrying a disproportionate load at every community event. It’s become abusive. They’re long past the point of burnout.

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Commentary: Facebook didn’t trick you into voting for Trump

So here’s my question: If you’re all about personal privacy, why are you on Facebook to begin with? Neither Cambridge Analytica nor any other internet marketing firm has any information about you that you didn’t give away.

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Commentary: New roads a double-edged sword of solving problems, and creating them

If all goes as planned, there will be a new option in getting from Point A to Point B in the Verde Valley about 10 years from now.

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Commentary: Fruits of progress on the Seder plate

Friday night, Jews will begin with the same question they ask every year: “When do we eat?”  

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Commentary: Date for Easter a moving target, but message stands test of time

Easter is the most revered day in Christianity. It is the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet it is unique among holidays in that it has no set date on the calendar, other than a guarantee it will fall on a Sunday.

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Commentary: Override funds put to good use for Montezuma-Rimrock Fire District

A sincere thank you to the communities of McGuireville, Rimrock, Lake Montezuma and Camp Verde.

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Commentary: The blissful surrender to March’s madness

It would be an exaggeration to say I’ve been an NCAA basketball junkie all my life. My addiction got serious in junior high when my friends and I played pickup games every afternoon and followed the West Virginia Mountaineers on the radio from WWVA in Wheeling at night.

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Commentary: Disruption new norm for White House

The conventional wisdom is that last week -- with a much-watched congressional special election, a shakeup in the diplomatic profile of the country, and internal White House debates about how and against whom to impose steel and aluminum tariffs -- answered several vital questions. In truth, the opposite may be the case.

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Guest Editorial: Marijuana industry should police itself

In 2016, marijuana for personal use failed to pass in Arizona, with 51.32 percent of voters saying “no.” Voters barely allowed “medical marijuana” in 2010, with 50.13 percent giving approval.

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Good things happening at Beaver Creek School

Beaver Creek School’s boys’ basketball team got first place in the small state tournament.

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Commentary: The best solution to life’s challenges is to stop thinking and just swim

In desperation, he screamed out to the ocean to help him to stop sinking. The ocean spoke, “The problem is in your mind. You believe you are in danger and you are unnecessarily making yourself afraid. Stop thinking and just swim!”

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s most casually broken promise

Politicians break campaign promises all the time. Some are big promises; some are small. But few have been broken as completely, as brazenly, and as casually as Donald Trump’s promise not to play golf, or at least not to play a lot of golf, as president.

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Commentary: Take a break to enjoy the wonderful world of ‘play’

Few words have more descriptive meanings than the word “play.”

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Commentary: Of arms and Americans: key turning points

Commenting on the revolutions of 1848 in Europe, the British historian A.J.P. Taylor remarked that “German history reached its turning point and failed to turn.”

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Commentary: Observing Verde River an object lesson in reality of life going full circle

Four years ago, my husband and I bought a cabin on the edge of the Verde River.

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Commentary: Potential development threatens Verde River; will we protect it?

Future conversion of agricultural land to residential development in the Big Chino and lower Williamson Valleys, which overlie the Big Chino basin-fill aquifer, could cause the Verde River to be seasonally dry through Perkinsville.

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Commentary: Saving one dog will not change the world, but for that one dog, the world will change forever

Murphy is a large 63 pound Shar Pei/Mastiff mix who has been living at the Verde Valley Humane Society for two months. He was picked up by Animal Control in the Camp Verde area as a stray.

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No matter where life leads us, we will always be Children of Jerome

I was born in Jerome, Arizona on July 24th, 1973, during a time when this historic town nestled above the Verde Valley of central Arizona was home to many talented artists, entrepreneurs and musicians, just as it is today.

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Commentary: County building process inefficient, over-burdened and confrontational

It has been a couple of weeks since I offered my opinion as a follow-up to the letter written by Richard Mills regarding the Yavapai County Developmental Services Department. Again, I commend Mr. Mills for his accurate assessment - and the guts it took to state it.